Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and Practice

Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and Practice

Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and Practice

Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and Practice

Synopsis

The ability to mould a group of talented individual athletes into an effective team takes skill. This title examines the factors in the development of an effective team, introducing important psychological and organizational concepts and offering evidence-based interventions for enhancing the performance of any sports team.

Excerpt

Psychology is a key determinant of performance in sport. The way the individual prepares for and deals with the sporting environment is crucial for success. In team sports this is further complicated by the presence of many individuals who are trying to combine to form an efficient and effective team. Understanding the interactions between these individuals and the pressures that impact upon them as a group is crucial to the success of the sporting team. This book seeks to explore a range of psychological factors that impact upon team performance, and understand their theoretical underpinning. Building on this solid base, the book then explores the applied techniques that can be utilized by the sport psychologist or coach to enhance performance and reduce the factors that can detract from effective performance.

Previous books investigating the psychology of sports teams have been narrow in their scope, focusing in the main on the ‘group dynamics’ aspects of the team, including such concepts as cohesion and role awareness. To help bridge this gap, Team Psychology in Sports: Theory and practice is the first book to integrate both theoretical and research-driven approaches as determinants of practical interventions. While this book explores the important factors related to group dynamics, it also expands its exploration to a much wider range of factors influencing team performance in sport: specifically communication, motivation, emotions, momentum, leadership, mental and emotional recovery, and the process through which to develop a supportive team environment.

This book is designed to benefit a diverse audience. It will appeal to sport and exercise students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, who are interested in the dynamics of teams and how to make them more effective. This book will also be of use to coaches working with teams at all levels to enable them to better control the development and evolution of their teams. Sport psychology consultants will benefit from this book, as it will outline a wide range of potential interventions with teams that have a strong theoretical base, ensuring evidence-based practice. Finally . . .

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