Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide

Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide


Edited by David John Collins, Edited by Angela Abbott, Edited by Hugh Richards


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  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 244mm x 22mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0443067341
  • ISBN 13: 9780443067341
  • Sales rank: 384,784

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"Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide" is a comprehensive, evidence-based text covering the key aspects of performance culture: performer development, preparation, training and execution. Written by a team of international contributors, including national coaches, training specialists, applied sports psychologists, clinicians and researchers, and building on strong links between theory and practice, the book shows how applied psychological methods and principles can be used to enhance performance. Contributing authors offer clear implications for applied practice and each section is summarized by contributions from a 'Performers Panel'of experts who provide real-life practical examples. Performance psychology is applied to a wide variety of physical performance domains which enables practitioners to see how they can combine ideas and tailor interventions, to people and contexts, to produce effective applications of psychology. Dave Collins is Professor of Performance and Coaching/Director for the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. As a practitioner, he has worked with over 50 World and Olympic medalists, and in professional performance domains spanning sport, business, motor sport, music, dance and adventure. He was formerly Performance Director of UK Athletics, a rugby player, martial artist and OE instructor. Dave currently works with the Chelsea FC Football Academy, amongst other consultancies. Angela Button is a researcher at the University of Otago and is widely acknowledged as a world expert on talent. Angela has led funded research projects in talent development in the UK and New Zealand. Her sporting interests include squash, running and triathlon. Hugh Richards lectures and is Director of post-graduate programmes in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of coping, talent, individual differences and professional development related to sport, the military and music. Hugh has applied psychology to professional performers from international level sport to business. He currently works with the UK Motor Sport Association, international performer development schemes and has been advisor to the BBC on learning and performance.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Performance psychology: developing a peak performance culture Dave Collins Section 1 - Preparation Chapter 2 Aims, principles and methodologies in talent identification and development Angela Button Chapter 3 Expertise: the goal of performance development Nicola J. Hodges and Joseph Baker Chapter 4 Psychological characteristics of developing excellence Aine MacNamara Chapter 5 Talent development environments: key considerations for effective practice Russell Martindale and Paddy Mortimer Chapter 6 Implications and applications: views from the performer's panel Dave Collins Section 2 - Provision (of support) Chapter 7 Introduction: organisational issues in providing support Dave Collins Chapter 8 Organising for excellence Veronica Burke Chapter 9 The team perspective: promoting excellence in performance teams Alan C. MacPherson and Patrick Howard Chapter 10 Planning for physical performance: the individual perspective. Planning, periodization, prediction, and why the future ain't what it used to be John Kiely Chapter 11 Practical dimensions of providing for excellence: views from the performer's panel Dave Collins Section 3 - Practice Chapter 12 Introduction: practice regimens for excellence Dave Collins Chapter 13 'Keeping it together': motor control under pressure Chris Button, Clare MacMahon and Rich Masters Chapter 14 Skill acquisition: designing optimal learning environments Joan N. Vickers Chapter 15 Effective skill development: how should athletes' skills be developed? Andrew Abraham and Dave Collins Chapter 16 Mental practice: neuroscientific support for a new approach Paul Holmes and Claire Calmels Chapter 17 Developing the performance brain: decision making under pressure Duncan R.D. Mascarenhas and Nickolas C. Smith Chapter 18 Practical dimensions of developing skill: views from the performers' panel Dave Collins Section 4 - Performance Chapter 19 Introduction: performing on the day Dave Collins Chapter 20 Coping and mental toughness Hugh Richards Chapter 21 Emotional issues of peak performance: managing mood Sheelagh Rodgers and Britt Tajet-Foxall Chapter 22 Attention Aidan Moran Chapter 23 Putting it together: skills for pressure performance Mark Wilson and Hugh Richards Chapter 24 Putting them together: skills packages to optimize team/group performance Dave Collins and Judy Collins Chapter 25 Practical dimensions of realising your peak performance Dave Collins Conclusion Where next? Getting help in your pursuit of excellence Amanda Martindale and Dave Collins