The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Hardcover | May 25, 2012

EditorEdmund O. Acevedo

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Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to optimal physical and mental health has never been greater. It is widely acknowledged that physical inactivity is a leading cause of death, yet statistics show less than 50% of Americans participate in regular physical activity.This information highlights the public health challenge of increasing participation in physical activity to enhance physical health and to buoy the psychological benefits associated with physical activity. The Oxford Handbook of Exercise and Psychology is an authoritative and comprehensive presentation of the breadth and depth of empirical contributions utilizing state-of-the-science theories and approaches in exercise psychology. Chapters are authored by leading investigators across the globe whohave made significant scientific contributions addressing the behavioral aspects of physical activity. Sections of the book address the effects of physical activity on mental health; knowledge gathered utilizing psychobiological perspectives; behavioral factors that impact exercise motivation;scientific contributions addressing the physical activity benefits with special populations, including individuals with physical disabilities, older adults and cancer patients; and promising areas for additional investigation. Each chapter presents a summary of scientific advancements in the topicarea as a foundation for future investigation. Fueled by a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches, the field of exercise psychology is growing, and this comprehensive handbook will be the perfect resource for students, researchers, and physicians interested in exercise motivation and the mental health benefits of physicalactivity.

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Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to optimal physical and mental health has never been greater. It is widely acknowledged that physical inactivity is a leading cause of death, yet statistics show less than 50% of Americans participate in regular physical activity.This information highlights the public health...

Edmund O. Acevedo, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:May 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Context, Issues, and Perspectives in Exercise Psychology1. Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity: Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity2. Ian Janssen: Physical Activity EpidemiologyII. Exercise Psychology and Mental Health3. Steven J. Petruzzello: The Ultimate Tranquilizer? Exercise and Its Influence on Anxiety4. Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Rebecca L. Bassett, and Catherine Conlin: Body Image and Exercise5. Jennifer L. Etnier and Jeffrey D. Labban: Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Theoretical Bases, Mechanisms, and Moderators6. Brian C. Focht: Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life7. Kate Hefferon and Nanette Mutrie: Physical Activity as a 'stellar' positive psychology interventionIII. Exercise Psychology and Psychobiological Perspectives8. Mark Hamer: Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity9. Christopher D. Black: Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise10. Edmund O. Acevedo, Heather E. Webb, and Chun-Jung Huang: Cardiovascular Health Implications of Combined Mental and Physical ChallengeIV. Psychology of Exercise Motivation11. Ryan E. Rhodes and Leila A. Pfaeffli: Personality and Physical Activity12. Martin S. Hagger: Psychosocial Influence13. David M. Williams and Bess H. Marcus: Theoretical Approaches to Exercise Promotion14. Claudio R. Nigg and Karly S. Geller: Theoretical Approaches to Physical Activity Intervention15. Ryan E. Rhodes and Rachel Mark: Social Cognitive Models16. Panteleimon Ekkekakis and Manolis Dafermos: Exercise is a many-splendored thing but for some it does not feel so splendid: Staging a resurgence of hedonistic ideas in the quest to understand exercise behaviorV. Exercise Psychology in Special Populations17. Jeffrey J. Martin: Exercise Psychology and Physical Disability18. Louis Bherer: Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults19. Robert J. Brustad: Children's Motivation for Involvement in Physical Activity20. Phillip D. Tomporowski, Jack A. Naglieri, and Kate Lambourne: Exercise Psychology and Children's Intelligence21. Amy E. Speed-Andrews and Kerry S. Courneya: Cancer PatientsVI. Exercise Psychology: On the Horizon and into the Future22. Daniel B. Hollander and Robert R. Kraemer: Psychology of Resistance Exercise23. Fuzhong Li: Tai Chi as an Alternative Mode of Exercise Activity for Older Adults