This book offers a student-friendly introduction to the discipline of sport psy-chology. All the key psychological issues in sport are explored and illustrated withsporting examples. Throughout, difﬁcult questions are raised: are athletes bornor made? Does participating in sport affect personality? What impact do cultural beliefs have on personal sporting development? These complex issues areweighed up to provide a detailed overview of the topic. Matt Jarvis has substan-tially revised and expanded his original coverage of the subject from his highlysuccessful book
(published by Routledge in 1999). Here he pro-vides a succinct but comprehensive account of major theory and research in sportpsychology, whilst maintaining the readable style and student-centred approachwhich made the previous book so successful.Key issues covered include:
personality and sport
attitudes to sport
aggression in sport
the social factors affecting performance
arousal and anxiety
motivation and skill acquisition.There is an emphasis not merely on learning about sport psychology, but alsoon developing critical and creative thinking. In addition, the book includeschapters on conducting research and writing essays in sport psychology, as wellas reﬂective exercises throughout the text.Written by a successful author who has experience of teaching at sixth formand undergraduate level, this book will be useful to undergraduates in sportscience and leisure management, those studying for the BAQTS and PGCE inphysical education, and those studying A-level psychology or sports studies.
teaches psychology at Totton College and is Visiting Lecturer atSouthampton University.