Sports Psychology For Dummies

Sports Psychology For Dummies
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Sports Psychology For Dummies

(For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))

by Leif H. Smith (Author), Todd M. Kays (Author)

Wiley eBook

August 2010


From the Back Cover

Your smart guide to gaining the winning edge with sports psychology

In sports, mental training and toughness are just as important as physical talent. With practical training techniques and helpful strategies for anyone looking for that winning edge ! from athletes and coaches to parents and even businesspeople ! this friendly guide to sports psychology will help you take your performance to the next level.

Build mental toughness ! learn to bounce back from adversity, be motivated to do your best, and stay calm under pressure

Cope with performance anxiety ! find ways to focus your attention on what matters and control your emotions

Use visualization and self-talk ! develop positive thought patterns, find out what type of imagery works best for you, and understand when to use it

Develop strategic routines ! create practice and competition habits that improve your focus and consistency

Improve team chemistry ! work on your communication skills, embrace your role on the team, and take ownership of success and failure

Open the book and find:

How to pull yourself out of a slump

Routines used by professional athletes

Strategies for staying confident, even after a bad game

The qualities of a great team leader

Why pressure is actually a figment of your imagination

What to do when your personal life distracts you from the game

How to handle a conflict with your coach or teammate

Ways to use sports psychology at the office

"A terrific resource for serious competitors. Every encounter that awaits the player and coach is addressed. This book needs to be in every player's locker and on every coach's desk." !Jim Tressel, Ohio State Football Head Coach

Learn to:

Set and reach your goals

Play your best under pressure

Develop winning habits

Bounce back from adversity

About the Author

Leif H. Smith, PsyD, is president of Personal Best Consulting, a sports psychology and performance consultation firm. Todd M. Kays, PhD, is president of the Athletic Mind Institute, a sports and performance consulting firm.