Psychology of Sport Excellence

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In Psychology of Sport Excellence, leading international experts in their respective fields examine and explain the impact of the psychological preparation of elite athletes in their journey to attain excellence. The chapters included in this book, edited by world-renowned scholars Tsung-Min Hung, Ronnie Lidor, and Dieter Hackfort, discuss various theoretical and practical issues related to the use of psychological programs in elite individual and team sports. This collection of chapters is the first book in a newly created series titled International Perspectives on Sport and Exercise Psychology, edited by Dieter Hackfort, the current president of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISS P), and Gershon Tenenbaum, a former president of ISSP. The objectives of Psychology of Sport Excellence are threefold:

  • to examine theoretical and practical aspects of the use of psychological preparation in elite sports
    to present the psychological interventions, strategies, and techniques utilized by experienced sport psychology consultants who have worked with elite athletes for many years
  • to describe the philosophies of consultation, procedures to be used, and consultation frameworks of sport psychology consultants working with elite athletes from different cultures, regions, and continents around the globe
    The knowledge gleaned from this book can be used in psychological preparations aimed to help elite athletes in individual and team sports improve their psychological skills and mental readiness for practices, games, and competitions

Table of Contents
Foreword                                                          vii
Acknowledgments                                                   viii
Chapter 1:  Achieving Excellence in Sport—The Psychological Edge .  .  .  .  . 9
Ronnie Lidor, Dieter Hackfort, and Tsung-Min Hung
Chapter 2:  The Action Theory-Based Mental Test and
Training System (MTTS) .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .   .   .   .   .  15
Dieter Hackfort, Conor Kilgallen, and Liu Hao
Chapter 3:  A Sport Psychology Service Delivery Model for
Developing and Current Track and Field Athletes and Coaches .  .  .  .  .  .  . 25
Traci Statler and Keith Henschen
Chapter 4:   Olympic Games and Sport Psychology .   .   .   .   .   .   ...  .  33
Sidónio Serpa
Chapter 5:  Sport Psychology Service Provision at Elite
International Competitions .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   . .   .   .   .  45
Judy L. Van Raalte and Albert J. Petitpas
Chapter 6:  Free-Throw Shots in Basketball: Physical and
Psychological Routines   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  53
Ronnie Lidor
Chapter 7:  Talent Development in Sport: The Perspective of
Career Transitions   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  63
Natalia Stambulova
Chapter 8:  Interdisciplinary Teaching, Goal Orientation,
Self-Determination, and Responsibility in Life .   .   .   .     .   .   .   .  75
Athanasios G. Papaioannou and Dimitrios Milosis
Chapter 9:  Research on Arab Sport Excellence .   .  .  .   .  .  .  .    .  .  91
Abderrahim Baria
Chapter 10:  The Road to Continued Sport Participation and
Sport Excellence   .   .   .   .   .   .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  97
Jean Côté
Chapter 11:  Application of Mental Training with Elite Athletes  .  .  .  .  .  105
Rico Schuijers
Chapter 12:  Regulating Mental States through
Electroencephalography and Heart Rate Biofeedback Training  .   .   .   .   .   121
Tsung-Min Hung, Dong-Yang Fong, Yung-Shun Wang, Po-Yi Lin, and Li-Chuan Lo
Chapter 13:  Integrating the Eastern Martial Arts’ Chi Concept
into Psychological Skills Training .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    .  .   131
Frank J. H. Lu
Index                                                                                                                            141 About the Editors                                                            146
About the Author                                                                 148