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Sport Psychology In Practice

byMark Andersen

Paperback | July 19, 2005

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Just another applied sport psych book? Hardly. Get ready to take off in uncharted territory with Sport Psychology in Practice, which delves into complex, sensitive, and even taboo topics that many other texts have not approached. Compiled by renowned psychologist Mark Andersen, this text presents comprehensive and realistic dialogues between athletes and sport psychologists. These exchanges provide a real-world sensibility to the topics expressed in the book.

The text guides readers through these situations:
-Understanding the dynamics of a variety of issues, including alcohol abuse and violence, referral processes, erotic transference and countertransference, and communication problems between coaches and athletes

-Working with diverse clients, including athletes of color, gay and lesbian athletes, and disabled athletes

-Presenting to and working with entire teams

-Plumbing the depths of several complex topics, including eating disorders and injury and identity issues
In addition to covering some of these complex and deeply personal topics, the text details the fundamental issues of applied sport psychology, including developing the consultant–client relationship and connecting with teams, coaches, and individuals. In dealing with relationships a sport psychologist would typically face, Sport Psychology in Practice addresses serious ethical and philosophical issues and asks more general questions about the field and how to work with clients.

Sport Psychology in Practice contains insights from an elite list of contributors who explain, using real-life examples, how they successfully and ethically “do” sport psychology. Methods that have worked for the most respected practitioners in the field are presented with an informal, engaging approach and rely substantially on dialogue and actual experiences.
In addition, the book offers expert commentary after three chapters, expanding on the issues within each of those chapters. It includes an afterword that analyzes the key points in the book. This book is a great starting point for discussion among students and long-time practitioners regarding how the field should evolve and what issues should continue to be debated.

Part I of Sport Psychology in Practice addresses the processes of presenting sport psychology to groups, including youths and disabled athletes. Part II tackles the complex issues surrounding athletes' concerns and ethical situations. The authors discuss cases that required great compassion in dealing with athletes in fragile conditions and precarious situations. Part III explores issues related to working with diverse athletes, including athletes of color and gay and lesbian athletes. You will consider the challenges these athletes face, the development of the relationships between the athletes and sport psychologists, and considerations of sport psychologists' own prejudices and human frailty.

Sport Psychology in Practice covers the fundamentals and delves into complex and even threatening areas. It pushes the practice of sport psychology further than most other texts. With its coverage of taboo topics and its occasional use of frank language, it will be sure to provoke debate, discussion, and controversy—and to be a solid resource for students and professionals alike.

Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the USA and registered to practice psychology in Australia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches in the School of Human Movement, Recreation, and Performance and coordinates the master and doctoral applied psychology degre...
Title:Sport Psychology In PracticeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:11 × 8.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 19, 2005Publisher:Human KineticsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073603711X

ISBN - 13:9780736037112


Table of Contents


Part I: Team Work: Doing Sport Psychology With Groups
Chapter 1. The Selling or the Telling of Sport Psychology: Presenting Services to Coaches
Harriet D. Speed, PhD; Mark. B. Andersen, PhD; and Jeff Simons, PhD

-The Shopping List Model

-Telling and Sharing Stories

-Parallel Processes

-Models of Sport Psychology


-The Variety of Presentations

-Training in Presentation Skills

-Respecting and Involving Coaches

-Being a Role Model for Coaches

-Resistant Coaches

Chapter 2. Integrating Mind and Body: Presenting Mental Skills to Young Teams
Clay P. Sherman, PhD; and Artur Poczwardowski, PhD

-Integrating Instruction

-Integrated Perspective

-Developmental Issues

-Consulting in Youth Sport

-Goal Setting and Daily Practice Objectives

-Working on Awareness and Arousal Control With Young Teams

Chapter 3. But Coach Doesn't Understand: Dealing With Team Communication Quagmires
Kevin L. Burke, PhD

-Communication Theory and Research

-Coach Just Doesn't Understand: A Team's Story

-Bull in the Ring

-Reinforcing the Coach

Chapter 4. “I have a friend who . . .”: Group Work on Weight and Body Image
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Kirsten Peterson, PhD

-Issues for Group Presenters

-Tag-Team Presentations

-Presentation Outline

-The Group Begins Work

Part II: Not Exactly on the Map: Surveying Old and New Territories
Chapter 5. The Skin Game: Extra Points for Looking Good
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Helen J. Fawkner, PhD

-Body Image Disturbance

-The Male Ideal and the Prevalence of Body Dissatisfaction

-Eating Disorders in Men

-At-Risk Populations

-Reasons for Elevated Eating Disturbance and Body Image Disturbance

-The Gravity of Weight: Erik's Story

Chapter 6. Returning to Self: The Anxieties of Coming Back After Injury
Britton W. Brewer, PhD, and Albert J. Petitpas, PhD

-Psychological Responses to Sport Injury

-Psychological Intervention

-Working With Injured Athletes

-Identity and Ambivalence: Chris' Story

-Summarizing Chris

Chapter 7. On Stage: Mental Skills Training for Dancers
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD

-Why Do You Dance? Tracy's Story


-Performance Anxiety

-When Others Are Nervous


-Self-Reflection (Dealing With Mistakes)

-Concentration and Attention



Commentary on Chapter 7
Kate F. Hays, PhD, CPsych

-“Comptrasting” Sport and Dance

-Mental Skills

-The Dance Milieu

-Consultant's Knowledge and Skills

-Dancers' Expectations About Performance Consulting

Chapter 8. Facilitating Change: Alcohol and Violence Among Athletes
Robert D. Stainback, PhD, and Robert E. Taylor, PhD

-Alcohol Use, Risk Taking, and Violence

-Changing Problem Drinking

-Facilitating Change in Problem Drinkers

-Alcohol Treatment

-Intercepting Anger: Josh's Story

-Professional Issues

Chapter 9. Over One's Head: Referral Processes
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Judy L. Van Raalte, PhD

-Doubt About What?

-Referral for What?

-Who Can Do What? Questions of Training

-Performance and Personal Issues

-Thor Descending: Lucien's Story

-Referral Networks

-The Referral Process

Chapter 10. Touching Taboos: Sex and the Sport Psychologist
Mark B. Andersen, PhD

-Roots of Attraction

-Why Don't We Talk About “It”?

-Other Barriers to Exploration

-Star Crossed: The Case of Jake and Joanna

Commentary on Chapter 10
William B. Strean, PhD, and Herbert S. Strean, DSW

-Sex, Countertransference, and the Sport Psychologist

-Exploring Concepts

-Countertransference in Action

-Countertransference: Beyond the Erotic

-Final Comments
Part III: Expanding Repertoires and Understanding Self: Diversity in Service Delivery
Chapter 11. Raising the Bar: Developing an Understanding of Athletes From Racially, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds
William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP

-Psychology's Legacy With Respect to Culturally, Ethnically, and Racially Diverse People

-The Tre-Nine Grid Approach

Commentary on Chapter 11
Heather Gridley, MA

Chapter 12. Able Athletes With Disabilities: Issues and Group Work
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD

-What Is a Disability?

-Types of Disabilities and Accompanying Issues

-Introductory Group Session

-So What?

Chapter 13. Straight Guys Working With Gay Guys: Homophobia and Sport Psychology Service Delivery:
Matthew P. Martens, PhD, and Michael Mobley, PhD

-Gay Male Athletes in Sport

-What Kind of Issues Might Emerge?

-Coming Out, Backing Off, and Coming Back: the Story of Matt and Bryan

-Reaction to the Case Example

Chapter 14. The Elephant in the Locker Room: Opening the Dialogue About Sexual Orientation on Women's Sport Teams
Heather Barber, PhD, and Vikki Krane, PhD

-Social Identity Perspective

-My Teammates are so Negative: Jasmine's Story

-I Know I'm the Only One: Susan's Story

-But It's My Personal Life: Ellen's Story

-Implications of the Cases

-Educating Ourselves

Chapter 15. Coming Full Circle: From Practice to Research
Mark B. Andersen, PhD

-Evidence-Based Practice

-Confessing Prejudices on Research and the Field

-Historical Roots

-The Research Relationship

-Examples of the Researcher's Own Stuff Making Things Messy

-Missing the Point

-One Model for the Qualitative Researcher

-How Research and Practice Can Go Pear-Shaped

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