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Sport Psychology in Practice

Sport Psychology in Practice
Mark B. Andersen, Editor
(Item # HKPSYCH)

About Sport Psychology in Practice:

Just another applied sport psych book? Hardly. Get ready to take off in uncharted territory with Sport Psychology in Practice, which delves into complex, sensitive, and even taboo topics that many other texts have not approached. Compiled by renowned psychologist Mark Andersen, this text presents comprehensive and realistic dialogues between athletes and sport psychologists. These exchanges provide a real-world sensibility to the topics expressed in the book. 

The text guides readers through these situations:

  • Understanding the dynamics of a variety of issues, including alcohol abuse and violence, referral processes, erotic transference and countertransference, and communication problems between coaches and athletes 
  • Working with diverse clients, including athletes of color, gay and lesbian athletes, and disabled athletes
  • Presenting to and working with entire teams
  • Plumbing the depths of several complex topics, including eating disorders and injury and identity issues
In addition to covering some of these complex and deeply personal topics, the text details the fundamental issues of applied sport psychology, including developing the consultant–client relationship and connecting with teams, coaches, and individuals. In dealing with relationships a sport psychologist would typically face, Sport Psychology in Practice addresses serious ethical and philosophical issues and asks more general questions about the field and how to work with clients.

Sport Psychology in Practice contains insights from an elite list of contributors who explain, using real-life examples, how they successfully and ethically “do” sport psychology. Methods that have worked for the most respected practitioners in the field are presented with an informal, engaging approach and rely substantially on dialogue and actual experiences.
In addition, the book offers expert commentary after three chapters, expanding on the issues within each of those chapters. It includes an afterword that analyzes the key points in the book. This book is a great starting point for discussion among students and long-time practitioners regarding how the field should evolve and what issues should continue to be debated. 

Part I of Sport Psychology in Practice addresses the processes of presenting sport psychology to groups, including youths and disabled athletes. Part II tackles the complex issues surrounding athletes’ concerns and ethical situations. The authors discuss cases that required great compassion in dealing with athletes in fragile conditions and precarious situations. Part III explores issues related to working with diverse athletes, including athletes of color and gay and lesbian athletes. You will consider the challenges these athletes face, the development of the relationships between the athletes and sport psychologists, and considerations of sport psychologists’ own prejudices and human frailty.

Sport Psychology in Practice covers the fundamentals and delves into complex and even threatening areas. It pushes the practice of sport psychology further than most other texts. With its coverage of taboo topics and its occasional use of frank language, it will be sure to provoke debate, discussion, and controversy—and to be a solid resource for students and professionals alike. 

About the Editor

Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the USA and registered to practice psychology in Australia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches in the School of Human Movement, Recreation, and Performance and coordinates the master and doctoral applied psychology degrees (sport and exercise psychology emphasis) in the School of Psychology. He received his bachelor degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1973 and went on to complete a master of science in psychology at San Diego State University in 1978, where the two-year degree took four years to complete because he spent way too much time at the beach working on his tan. He completed his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1988 and immigrated to Australia in 1994. Dr. Andersen teaches graduate subjects in research design, psychology of rehabilitation, and the professional practice of psychology. His areas of research interest include the psychology of injury and rehabilitation, the role of exercise in mental health, well-being, and quality of life for those with chronic disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cerebral palsy), the training and supervision of applied psychology graduate students, and the professional practice of sport psychology service delivery. 

Dr. Andersen’s first book, Doing Sport Psychology (2000, from Human Kinetics) is used worldwide in applied sport psychology graduate programs and has been translated into Japanese. He has deep familial and professional ties to Scandinavia, has published in Swedish, and recently completed and published work, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Halmstad, on injury prevention in Swedish soccer players. He is also the former editor of the Professional Practice section of the international journal The Sport Psychologist. His most recent book, Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies (2004, edited with Gregory Kolt) was published by Elsevier Science. He has authored more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has made over 90 national and international conference presentations. 

Dr. Andersen has worked for many years counseling athletes and performing artists ranging from twelve-year old junior competitors to ballet dancers to American and Australian Olympians. He lives in the best eating city on the planet, Melbourne, and spends a great deal of time with his partner supporting the restaurants in their local district of St. Kilda. 

Table of Contents

Part I: Team Work: Doing Sport Psychology With Groups

Chapter 1. The Selling or the Telling of Sport Psychology: Presenting Services to Coaches
Harriet D. Speed, PhD; Mark. B. Andersen, PhD; and Jeff Simons, PhD

  • The Shopping List Model
  • Telling and Sharing Stories
  • Parallel Processes
  • Models of Sport Psychology
  • Counseling
  • The Variety of Presentations
  • Training in Presentation Skills
  • Respecting and Involving Coaches
  • Being a Role Model for Coaches
  • Resistant Coaches

Chapter 2. Integrating Mind and Body: Presenting Mental Skills to Young Teams
Clay P. Sherman, PhD; and Artur Poczwardowski, PhD

  • Integrating Instruction
  • Integrated Perspective
  • Developmental Issues
  • Consulting in Youth Sport
  • Goal Setting and Daily Practice Objectives
  • Working on Awareness and Arousal Control With Young Teams

Chapter 3. But Coach Doesn’t Understand: Dealing With Team Communication Quagmires
Kevin L. Burke, PhD

  • Communication Theory and Research
  • Coach Just Doesn’t Understand: A Team’s Story
  • Bull in the Ring
  • Reinforcing the Coach

Chapter 4. “I have a friend who . . .”: Group Work on Weight and Body Image
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Kirsten Peterson, PhD

  • Issues for Group Presenters
  • Tag-Team Presentations
  • Presentation Outline
  • The Group Begins Work
Part II: Not Exactly on the Map: Surveying Old and New Territories

Chapter 5. The Skin Game: Extra Points for Looking Good
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Helen J. Fawkner, PhD

  • Body Image Disturbance
  • The Male Ideal and the Prevalence of Body Dissatisfaction
  • Eating Disorders in Men
  • At-Risk Populations
  • Reasons for Elevated Eating Disturbance and Body Image Disturbance
  • The Gravity of Weight: Erik’s Story

Chapter 6. Returning to Self: The Anxieties of Coming Back After Injury
Britton W. Brewer, PhD, and Albert J. Petitpas, PhD

  • Psychological Responses to Sport Injury
  • Psychological Intervention
  • Working With Injured Athletes
  • Identity and Ambivalence: Chris’ Story
  • Summarizing Chris

Chapter 7. On Stage: Mental Skills Training for Dancers
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD

  • Why Do You Dance? Tracy’s Story
  • Injuries
  • Performance Anxiety
  • When Others Are Nervous
  • Self-Talk
  • Self-Reflection (Dealing With Mistakes)
  • Concentration and Attention
  • Imagery
  • Self-Confidence
Commentary on Chapter 7
Kate F. Hays, PhD, CPsych 
  • “Comptrasting” Sport and Dance
  • Mental Skills
  • The Dance Milieu
  • Consultant’s Knowledge and Skills
  • Dancers’ Expectations About Performance Consulting

Chapter 8. Facilitating Change: Alcohol and Violence Among Athletes
Robert D. Stainback, PhD, and Robert E. Taylor, PhD

  • Alcohol Use, Risk Taking, and Violence
  • Changing Problem Drinking
  • Facilitating Change in Problem Drinkers
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • Intercepting Anger: Josh’s Story
  • Professional Issues

Chapter 9. Over One’s Head: Referral Processes
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Judy L. Van Raalte, PhD

  • Doubt About What?
  • Referral for What?
  • Who Can Do What? Questions of Training
  • Performance and Personal Issues
  • Thor Descending: Lucien’s Story
  • Referral Networks
  • The Referral Process
Chapter 10. Touching Taboos: Sex and the Sport Psychologist
Mark B. Andersen, PhD
  • Roots of Attraction
  • Why Don’t We Talk About “It”?
  • Other Barriers to Exploration
  • Star Crossed: The Case of Jake and Joanna
  • Commentary on Chapter 10 William B. Strean, PhD, and Herbert S. Strean, DSW
  • Sex, Countertransference, and the Sport Psychologist
  • Exploring Concepts
  • Countertransference in Action
  • Countertransference: Beyond the Erotic
Part III: Expanding Repertoires and Understanding Self: Diversity in Service Delivery

Chapter 11. Raising the Bar: Developing an Understanding of Athletes From Racially, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds
William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP

  • Psychology’s Legacy With Respect to Culturally, Ethnically, and Racially Diverse People 
  • The Tre-Nine Grid Approach
  • Commentary on Chapter 11 Heather Gridley, MA

Chapter 12. Able Athletes With Disabilities: Issues and Group Work
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD

  • What Is a Disability?
  • Types of Disabilities and Accompanying Issues 
  • Introductory Group Session
  • So What?
Chapter 13. Straight Guys Working With Gay Guys: Homophobia and Sport Psychology Service Delivery: 
Matthew P. Martens, PhD, and Michael Mobley, PhD
  • Gay Male Athletes in Sport 
  • What Kind of Issues Might Emerge?
  • Coming Out, Backing Off, and Coming Back: the Story of Matt and Bryan
  • Reaction to the Case Example

Chapter 14. The Elephant in the Locker Room: Opening the Dialogue About Sexual Orientation on Women’s Sport Teams
Heather Barber, PhD, and Vikki Krane, PhD

  • Social Identity Perspective
  • My Teammates are so Negative: Jasmine’s Story
  • I Know I’m the Only One: Susan’s Story
  • But It’s My Personal Life: Ellen’s Story
  • Implications of the Cases
  • Educating Ourselves

Chapter 15. Coming Full Circle: From Practice to Research
Mark B. Andersen, PhD

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Confessing Prejudices on Research and the Field
  • Historical Roots
  • The Research Relationship
  • Examples of the Researcher’s Own Stuff Making Things Messy
  • Missing the Point
  • One Model for the Qualitative Researcher
  • How Research and Practice Can Go Pear-Shaped


Text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in sport psychology courses and ethics and issues courses and seminars. Reference for sport psychology practitioners and libraries. 

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