Expert Approaches to Sport Psychology

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Fifteen of the most distinguished practitioners in the field of sport psychology are featured in Expert Approaches to Sport Psychology: Applied Theories of Performance Excellence. The book includes biographical and autobiographical perspectives on the ways in which these preeminent experts developed their authentic and distinctive approaches to the practice of sport psychology.

Edited by Mark W. Aoyagi and Artur Poczwardowski, this collection provides some of the giants of the field an opportunity to reflect on their distinguished careers. The contributors reveal how their life experiences have shaped their philosophies and provide an in-depth look into their theory of performance excellence, theory of performance breakdowns, and consulting process.

Expert Approaches to Sport Psychology serves as a “master class” by those who have helped advance the field, preserving the legacies of some of the most influential minds in sport psychology. The wisdom passed on within this book will be immensely beneficial to both those practicing and studying sport psychology.

Table of Contents

Dedication  •  xi Preface  •  xiii

References.............................................................................................................. xvii

  1. Gloria Balague  •  1
  2. Autobiographical Sketch.......................................................................................... 2

Theory of Performance Excellence........................................................................ 3

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................... 8

Consulting Process................................................................................................... 11

Unique Features....................................................................................................... 16

References................................................................................................................. 18

Recommended Readings....................................................................................... 18

  1. Jim Bauman • 19

Autobiographical Sketch........................................................................................ 20

Theory of Performance Excellence..................................................................... 22

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................. 31

Consulting Process................................................................................................... 32

Unique Features....................................................................................................... 33

Case Study................................................................................................................ 34

References................................................................................................................. 36

Recommended Readings....................................................................................... 36

  1. Rich Gordin • 37

Autobiographical Sketch........................................................................................ 38

Theory of Performance Excellence..................................................................... 40

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................. 43

Consulting Process................................................................................................... 45

Unique Features....................................................................................................... 46

Case Study................................................................................................................ 47

Recommended Readings....................................................................................... 49

  1. Peter Haberl  •  51

Autobiographical Sketch........................................................................................ 52

Toward a Theory of Performance

Excellence at the Olympic Games.................................................................. 52

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................. 58

Consulting Process................................................................................................... 60

Unique Features....................................................................................................... 65

Case Study................................................................................................................ 66

References................................................................................................................. 69

Endnotes.................................................................................................................... 70

  1. Kate Hays  •  71

Autobiographical Sketch........................................................................................ 72

Theory of Performance Excellence..................................................................... 73

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................. 78

Consulting Process................................................................................................... 79

Unique Features....................................................................................................... 81

Case Study................................................................................................................ 84

References................................................................................................................. 87

Recommended Readings....................................................................................... 88

  1. Keith Henschen  •  91

Autobiographical Sketch........................................................................................ 91

Theory of Performance Excellence..................................................................... 93

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................. 97

Consulting Process................................................................................................. 101

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 101

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 102

Epilogue................................................................................................................... 103

References and Recommended Readings....................................................... 104

Endnote.................................................................................................................... 105

  1. Sean McCann • 107

Autobiographical Sketch...................................................................................... 107

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 109

Theory of Performance Breakdowns................................................................ 111

Consulting Process................................................................................................. 119

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 122

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 123

References and Recommended Readings...................................................... 127

  1. Rick McGuire  •  129

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 130

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 133

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 137

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 138

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 142

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 142

Recommended Readings.................................................................................... 145

References............................................................................................................... 145

Appendix: Example Construction Models....................................................... 146

  1. Bruce Ogilvie  •  149

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 150

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 151

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 159

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 160

Final Thoughts....................................................................................................... 164

References and Recommended Readings...................................................... 165

Endnotes.................................................................................................................. 165

  1. Terry Orlick • 167

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 168

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 169

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 176

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 176

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 178

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 180

References and Recommended Readings...................................................... 182

  1. Anne Marte Pensgaard  •  185

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 186

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 187

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 191

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 194

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 195

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 196

Recommended Readings.................................................................................... 198

Commentary on Recommended Readings.................................................... 198

Endnotes.................................................................................................................. 200

  1. Ken Ravizza  •  201

Autobiographical Sketch...................................................................................... 201

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 204

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 207

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 208

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 210

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 212

Recommended Readings..................................................................................... 214

References............................................................................................................... 214

  1. Jim Taylor  •  217

Autobiographical Sketch...................................................................................... 217

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 220

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 225

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 227

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 230

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 231

References and Recommended Readings...................................................... 234

  1. Ralph Vernacchia  •  235

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 236

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 239

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 245

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 248

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 250

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 251

References and Recommended Readings...................................................... 253

  1. Dave Yukelson  •  255

Autobiographical Sketch..................................................................................... 256

Theory of Performance Excellence................................................................... 258

Theory of Performance Breakdowns............................................................... 261

Consulting Process................................................................................................ 262

Unique Features..................................................................................................... 267

Case Study.............................................................................................................. 268

References............................................................................................................... 270

Recommended Readings..................................................................................... 271

Afterword  •  273

References............................................................................................................... 275

Index  •  277

About the Editors  •  279