Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Critical Introduction

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Although sport is played with the body, it is won in the mind. Inspired by this idea, the second edition of this popular textbook provides a comprehensive critical introduction to sport and exercise psychology – a discipline that is concerned with the theory and practice of helping athletes to do their best when it matters the most.

The book is organized into four sections. Part one investigates the nature, foundations and current status of the discipline. Part two reviews the latest research findings on motivation, anxiety, concentration, mental imagery and expertise in athletes. Part three examines group processes and team dynamics. Finally, part four explores exercise behaviour and the psychology of injury rehabilitation. Each chapter contains specially designed critical thinking exercises to encourage the student to explore the deeper issues, and also features an invaluable list of suggestions for independent research projects by students. The text has been extensively re-written and updated with new material to take account of hot topics such as neuroscience and motor imagery, as well as issues such as ‘grunting’ in tennis, the psychology of penalty shootouts, mindfulness training as a concentration technique, the effects of music on physical activity, and ‘exer-gaming’ – the use of computer games to increase physical activity and exercise.

Written in a lively, accessible style, the book is brimful of vivid contemporary examples and insights from the world’s leading athletes, to provide a compelling bridge between theory and practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sport psychology, health psychology, sport science, physical education, kinesiology and leisure management.

Instructors who adopt the book will be able to access a wealth of online teaching resources.

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Aidan P. Moran is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College Dublin. A Fulbright Scholar, he has written fifteen books and many scientific papers on cognitive processes such as mental imagery and attention (including eye-tracking) in athletes. He is the Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology (IRSEP; Taylor & Francis, Abingdon).

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"Very educational content presented and designed to encourage student learning and understanding. Moran has a very accessible and easy to understand language. ... Many students will be attracted by both the tone and the structure." - Karin Weman-Josefsson, Halmstad University, Sweden, in idrottsforum.org (Nordic sports studies web journal)

"The main strength of this book lies in the balanced critical analysis provided by Aidan Moran. Primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, this text is an excellent example of how students should aspire to present and evaluate research. Key constructs are highlighted and explained in a straightforward manner and the contemporary examples really help to bring the subject to life." - Doug MacDonald, University of Stirling, UK, in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review

"This is an outstanding and very accessible book that presents a comprehensive roadmap of the main topics, theories and research findings in contemporary sport and exercise psychology. Aidan Moran has produced an extremely valuable book that offers important insights into, and up-to-date explanations of, key topics in this field." - Aymeric Guillot, Associate Professor, University of Lyon, France 

"The second edition of Aidan Moran’s excellent text provides a broad-reaching update of the discipline, integrating new issues with the old. Researchers and students alike will appreciate, as I did, the clarity with which the author approaches the topic, examines the implications, and bridges gaps both between topics and between theory and practice. I for one will use this critical introduction when next I teach sport and exercise psychology" - Rich Masters, Professor of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong

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