This Handbook is an authoritative and comprehensive presentation of the breadth and depth of empirical contributions utilizing state-of-the-science theories and approaches in exercise psychology. The information presented in this text highlights the public health challenge of increasing participation in physical activity to enhance physical and mental health.
Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides concise coverage of sport and exercise psychology at the undergraduate level, and also covers the crucial basic psychology that underpins the subject. It has four main themes: theoretical approaches and research methods sport psychology at both the individual and group level of analysis exercise psychology practical applications including performance enhancement and ethics. Suitable for students in sport and exercise science, sport psychology, sport studies and sports management, it will be useful for coaches and athletes who wish to gain an up-to-date understanding of the key concepts, theories and research in this area.
The Influence of Physical Exercise on Psychological Processes
Author: Peter Seraganian
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The conviction that physical fitness and regular exercise are essential to mental health is by no means new. Such a belief is integral to the philosophy of the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, as well as the Indian discipline of Yoga. Similarly, in the West, the roots of such thinking can be traced back more than two thousand years to the Golden Age Greeks for whom daily, vigorous exercise was considered indispensable to both the physical and mental well-being of young and old alike. Nevertheless, the link between exercise and mental health and psychological processes in general has only recently come to be considered a legitimate area of scientific research - a fact attested to by the recent formation of a Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology by the American Psychological Association. Bringing together contributions by specialists in the three increasingly convergent disciplines of health psychology, physical education, and exercise physiology, this book examines the state-of-the-art theory and practice in the exciting new field of exercise psychology. Organized into three sections covering history and theory, research approaches and findings, and applications, Exercise Psychology offers a balanced presentation of the various orientations and methodologies of each related discipline. In this sense, Exercise Psychology is the first truly interdisciplinary work in the field. Among key topics covered in the methodology section are the various approaches to measurement and analysis of the link between physical activity and psychological states; how best to review the research literature from a variety of diverse subspecialties; and the underlying rationale and practical implementationof meta-analysis. Chapters in the applications section offer an up-to-date summary of important practical advances in such areas as the use of aerobic exercise to slow down cognitive decline with age; the advantages of regular physical activity for the psychological welfare of growing children; the use of aerobic exercise in the rehabilitation of psychological disorders and substance abuse, and more. Timely, comprehensive, and authoritative, Exercise Psychology is an indispensable tool for clinical, physiological, developmental and educational psychologists, health physiologists, clinical social workers, physicians, and all other mental and physical health professionals.
The book is a collection of the keynote addresses of the 11th European Congress of Sport Psychology in Copenhagen, July 2003, including three further articles, one from the president of the congress, Reinhard Stelter, one from the winner of the Young Researchers award, and one from the new president of FEPSAC. The about 450 congress participants showed great interest in the speeches. They are not published anywhere else. The editors regard the article as an important contribution to the future development of sport and exercise psychology.
Written for the upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses in exercise psychology and behavioral physical activity, Exercise Psychology: The Psychology of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior focuses on the psychological effects of physical activity in a variety of special populations. The first text of its kind to focus on both the psychology of exercise and sedentary behavior, it provides a strong theoretical and applied focus to the field, and includes interesting vignettes and critical thinking activities to engage readers in the learning process. With an engaging, student-friendly approach, the authors provide complete and comprehensive information that examines research on behavioral physical activity and translating research into practice. The text also looks at sedentary behavior and the recent paradigm shift examining the health effects of sedentary behavior.
Historically, very few sport and exercise psychologists and professionals from related fields such as disability and rehabilitation have conducted thorough research on individuals with disabilities engaged in sport and exercise. The tide is turning, however, as growing media attention and familiarity with the Paralympics and the Wounded Warrior Project begins capturing the attention of researchers everywhere. By addressing this gap, Jeffrey J. Martin's compelling Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology is one of the first comprehensive overviews of this important and emerging field of study. In this volume, Martin, an accomplished professor of sport and exercise psychology, shines a light on a variety of topics ranging from philosophy, athletic identity, participation motivation, quality of life, social and environmental barriers, body image, and intellectual impairments among many other issues. Based on the author's own experience and insight, a majority of these topic discussions in this volume are accompanied by thoughtful directions for future research and exploration. Designed to spark conversation and initiate new avenues of research, the Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology will allow for readers to look outside the traditional literature focusing largely on able-bodied individuals and, instead, develop a much greater perspective on sport and exercise psychology today.
Features three new chapters on exercise and cognitive function, energy and fatigue, and pain; thoroughly revised chapters on the correlates of exercise, neuroscience, stress, depression, and sleep. Includes a glossary.
Exercise Psychology provides broad coverage of research, theory, and practical applications in the field of exercise psychology. It aims to help readers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to become successful practitioners in cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, health promotion, and corporate and commercial fitness.
As the leading text in sport and exercise psychology, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sixth Edition, provides a thorough introduction to key concepts in the field. This text offers both students and new practitioners a comprehensive view of sport and exercise psychology, drawing connections between research and practice and capturing the excitement of the world of sport and exercise.