Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance

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Drawing on the expertise of many specialists this contributed text is a comprehensive and practical guide to psychological concepts and theories as well as to strategies and techniques designed to help future coaches and sport psychologists cultivate peak performance and personal growth through recent advances in sport psychology. The text’s five-part organization focuses on motivation and leadership, social interactions, mental training, program implementation, and issues that go beyond performance enhancement. Contributing authors are experts in their topic, and each chapter has been written specifically for this collection.

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RETIRED/EMERITUS as of 2008. Dr. Jean M. Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Williams' training and research interests fall within the realm of psychology of sport and exercise. Her research has focused on the areas of psychology of injury, psychology of excellence, group dynamics and productivity, and exercise and mental health. Specific interests include research questions such as how stress puts individuals at greater risk of injury and the role of coping resources in the stress-injury relationship, whether psychological states (e.g., anciently confidence) influence perception and performance, how exercise improves mental health, and whether group cohesion, member identifiability, and leader behaviors influence productivity, exercise behavior, and member satisfaction. Dr. Williams' currently teaches lower division course on psychology of human performance which emphasizes psychological theories, research and intervention strategies for enhancing performance and personal growth, and also teaches a graduate/upper division course on the relationship of stress and coping to health and performance.

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