Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies focuses on the most current issues in the field, integrating research and practice to develop a coherent understanding of current knowledge, future research directions and applied implications within the field. This is the first book to include theory-based case studies for sport performance, exercise and skill acquisition in one publication. This text provides content that is directly applicable to those students wishing to enter the profession via various national accreditation schemes, in addition to providing chartered psychologists with a text that can directly inform their reflections of their own practice. Sport and Exercise Psychology is supported by an online learning environment that includes 'talking heads' videos for each chapter, further resources, questions and links to relevant external materials.
About the Contributors
Peter Aitken is the Manager of the Bristol Rovers Community Trust. He is a Welsh footballer who played nearly 300 games in the Football League. Peter is a former Gas Head, having played for Bristol Rovers for over eight years and also saw time with Bristol City, York City, Bath City, Bournemouth, Gloucester City, Trowbridge Town, and Forest Green Rovers. In his free time he is a keen golfer.
Colin Baker is a Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire. He has extensive applied experience of research and consultancy projects for local government, the NHS, and national sport organizations. His current research interests include sports clubs as health promotion settings, new forms of commissioning in health and factors determining partnership success in sport and physical activity.
Sian Barris is a Biomechanist with the South Australian Sports Institute, having completed her doctorate with the Australian Institute of Sport Diving Programme at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. She has published research studies in biomechanics, performance analysis, and skill acquisition, and presented at national and international conferences on these topics. She currently works with multiple Olympic sports and is interested in the application of skill acquisition and biomechanics concepts in representative training environments.
Joanne Batey is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Winchester, UK. She is also a BASES Accredited Chartered Scientist. She has worked in a variety of sports with athletes of varying ages and abilities. Much of her recent applied work has been focused on working with military teams.
Abbe Brady is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire. She is also a HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist, and a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist. She has worked with a range of amateur and professional coaches, teams and individual athletes, and parents to design and provide educational sports programmea, and/or intervention programmes and support through sport psychology. This support has transcended all levels of performance from grassroots to Paralympic/Olympic standards.
Deirdre Brennan is Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Ulster University and Director of Ulster Sports Outreach. She has extensive experience in public and community engagement using sport and physical activity. She has designed award-winning physical activity and sport interventions for a range of populations from primary-school aged children to hard-to-reach youth at risk. Her current interests are in university knowledge transfer and engaging in research designed for impact.
Gavin Breslin is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Sport and Exercise Science Research Institute at Ulster University, Northern Ireland a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (Health Care Professions Council) and a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society). He has extensive applied research and teaching experience in a wide range of sports at a national and international level. His current research interests include the psychology of human performance, motor learning, health behaviour change, and, physical activity and psychological wellbeing.
Anna Campbell is Reader in Clinical Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University. Anna is also Physical Activity Advisor to the charity Macmillan Cancer Support and Director of CanRehab which provides training courses to move research into practice with allied health professionals and fitness instructors. Her research interests include examining the physiological, functional, and psychological impact of physical activity interventions on cancer survivorship.
Fiona Chambers is the Director for Sports Studies and Physical Education in the School of Education at University College Cork. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Sports Studies and Physical Education). Prior to this role, she worked in the banking sector for six years and then, for 12 years taught physical education, biology, and science at secondary-school level. Fiona's main research interest is in initial and career-long professional learning for PE teachers and its impact on young people's learning in PE and sport. Fiona has a particular interest in the role of mentor education in developing the pedagogies that PE teachers need to use sport effectively to promote the health and wellbeing of pupils.
Stewart Cotterill is Head of Department for Sport and Exercise at the University of Winchester, a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (HCPC), a Chartered Psychologist, and BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. He has extensive applied experience in a wide range of sports at a national and international level. Stewart is also Reader in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Winchester. His current research interests include the psychology of performance, leadership in sport, factors determining team performance and professional practice in sport and exercise psychology. He is also author of Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and Practice (2013).
Diane Crone is Professor of Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire. She has considerable applied experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health-promoting interventions in primary care and in the community. Her current research interests include the use of purposeful activity for health improvement (arts and physical activity), the role of exercise in the treatment of mental health problems, and new approaches to developing active environments across Europe.
Conor Cunningham is Research fellow in Physical Activity in the School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedical Sciences at Queens University Belfast. Conor completed his PhD studies on children's physical activity and health at Ulster University.
Keith Davids is Professor of Motor Learning at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and holds the position of Finnish Distinguished Professor at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. He has extensive experience as a researcher and consultant with high-performance sport organizations in New Zealand (NZ South Island Academy), Australia (Australian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, Diving Australia and the Queensland Academy of Sport), and England (English Institute of Sport). His research, in ecological dynamics, examines movement co-ordination and its acquisition with respect to individual and team-sport environments.
Chelsey Dempsey is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science at Bangor University. She is researching the complex reciprocal relationship between self-efficacy and performance, specifically, the moderators that effect this relationship. Chelsey's other research interests include self-regulation and performance, and psychophysiological measures of effort and anxiety. Chelsey's applied work has been across a variety of sports, including professional basketball, Canadian college ice hockey, Team GB Winter Olympic squads, and elite youth swimming.
Lynne Evans is a Reader in Sport Psychology and Research Excellence Framework (REF) Co-ordinator in the Cardiff School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University. For the last 20 years she has combined her commitment to high-quality research (primarily in the psychology of injuries) with her passion for applied work. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and an Editorial Board Member of The Sport Psychologist. As a BPS Chartered Sport Psychologist and Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (HCPC) she provides sport psychology support to a variety of national sport organizations, NGB's and high-performance athletes.
Ben Lee Fitzpatrick is a Research Associate within the School of Sport at Ulster University and a Registered Nurse specializing in acute medical care. He has worked with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) for over 15 years in various capacities and has applied experience in physical activity, sport and exercise in the community. His current research interests include physical activity levels of vulnerable groups, the relationship between physical activity and psychological wellbeing, and the barriers that prevent vulnerable people leading healthier lives.
Sandy Gordon is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Western Australia, Registered Sport Psychologist (WA), Fellow Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and Member of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP) and Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP). His current research interests include mental toughness, psychology and sport injury, and applications of positive psychology in both health and sport settings.
Daniel Greenwood is a Senior Skill Acquisition Scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Daniel has worked in applied sport science settings for a decade with roles at the Singapore Sport Council and Queensland Academy of Sport before returning to the AIS in 2014. Daniel has worked at an international level with a variety of team and individual sports, including working with multiple track and field Olympic medalists at the London Olympics in 2012. His current research interests include the combination of coach and scientist knowledge to drive understanding of behaviour in applied contexts, visual regulation of performance, and the representative design...