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Sports Psychology for Dummies
Author Leif H. Smith, Todd M. Kays
Publisher John Wiley
ISBN 9780470676592
Classification Natural Science > Sport Science
Price HK$190.00
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Acquiring the winning edge in sports-the mental edge

Mental conditioning is now seen by many to be as critical to sports success as physical conditioning. And for parents eager to ensure their children have a winning edge-as well as a future college scholarship-nothing could be more critical to success. This book offers readers a comprehensive program to gain that winning edge, providing training tips and techniques along with helpful advice to keep in mind while competing. With practical advice on how to strengthen concentration (and when you shouldn't concentrate), talk yourself into winning, and develop routines that will lead to consistent improvement, the book's full personalized program will help any athlete gain over time the winning edge in any sport

* With tips on how to regulate your energy to avoid exhaustion; and how to enhance your team's chemistry through sports psychology
* Loaded with real-world examples from amateur and professional sports of all kinds

Applicable to not only sports-but business as well-Sports Psychology For Dummies will enhance any competitor's motivation, focus, and will to win, when facing life's toughest challenges.


Part I: Getting the Winning Edge: Sports Psychology Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Introducing Sports Psychology.

Chapter 2: The Gladiator Mind: Strengthening What's Under the Helmet.

Chapter 3: Setting Goals: Aiming High and Hitting the Bull's-Eye.

Chapter 4: Stoking the Fire in Your Belly: How to Fan the Flames of Motivation.

Chapter 5: Swagger: The Art and Science of Building Real Confi dence.

Part II: Your Mental Toolkit for Success.

Chapter 6: Mastering the Art of Focus.

Chapter 7: Seeing Is Believing: What You Need to Know about Imagery.

Chapter 8: Self-Talk: Making Sure You’re Not Yelling in Your Own Ear.

Chapter 9: Getting a Hold of Your Schedule.

Part III: Staying Competitive: Sports Psychology in Action.

Chapter 10: Winning Habits: How Routines Improve Performance in Competition.

Chapter 11: Handling Pressure: Playing in the Fire without Getting Burned.

Chapter 12: Staying Strong: The Importance of Managing Energy Levels.

Chapter 13: Handling Adversity: The Psychological Art of Bouncing Back.

Part IV: Improving Team Performance with Sports Psychology.

Chapter 14: Communicating as a Team.

Chapter 15: Leading Your Team to Victory: Athletes as Leaders.

Chapter 16: Developing Teamwork.

Part V: Sports Psychology for Coaches and Parents.

Chapter 17: Coaching Today's Athlete.

Chapter 18: Parenting an Athlete: How to Be More than Just a Fan.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways You Can Use Sports Psychology at the Office.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Be a Better Competitor.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Manage Stress Better.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Parent an Athlete.


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