Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology: An Open Access Textbook
Zachary Zenko, Bakersfield, CA
Leighton Jones, Sheffield, UK
Copyright Year: 2021
ISBN 13: 9780578932361
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This book is definitely very comprehensive. It covers more material than the textbook I was using for this subject. I do wish it had a glossary. I also wish that it covered exercise and disease psychology, but I haven't found a textbook that does... read more
This book is definitely very comprehensive. It covers more material than the textbook I was using for this subject. I do wish it had a glossary. I also wish that it covered exercise and disease psychology, but I haven't found a textbook that does this. I was super impressed with the chapters on exercise and music, mindfulness, and COVID.
The information in the textbook is accurate to the best of my knowledge. There is a lot of supported evidence from past and recent research.
I was really impressed to have read a chapter on the impact of COVID and body image and physical activity. These are topics that are very relevant and applicable to today's exerciser and athlete.
The language used was clear and easily understandable. When technical terminology was used it was usually defined well. I didn't find that there was undetailed language or filler words, in addition the writing was quick to make its point which is greatly appreciated!
Based on the fact that there were so many different authors, I was a little concerned about the consistency and cohesiveness, but there seemed to be little variance from chapter to chapter in delivery of ideas and theories.
This was probably the best part of this book. I really appreciate when concepts are grouped together well or kept separate for ease of reference and teaching. The topics that were together definitely needed to be together to convey the overall concept. For example, it feels logical to me to keep self-determination theory with social cognitive theory together.
Somes the organization of a specific chapter seemed odd to me, but it didn't seem to affect my comprehension. For example, chapter 15 did an overview and introduction, then gave the purpose for the chapter which felt odd. Chapters were sometimes grouped well, for example, mindfulness, depression, and anxiety, but other times it felt off. For example, separating COVID, chronic fatigue, and depression. Again, none of this affected comprehension or learning though.
The only option for this is a PDF, which is simple and easy.
I did not find any gramatical errors.
The photos they chose did cover various nationalities, but I would have loved a chapter on this concept and feel that it is relevant to the topic.
Overall, this was a great text. It was very comprehensive and increased my knowledge base of exercise and sport psychology. I appreciated the chapters that had a section on practical application, and I wish every chapter had this.
The book has an abundance of content and references. It includes topics that I would not have considered previously. The inclusion of new theories or approaches to motivation and adherence are intriguing. The amount of content related to exercise... read more
The book has an abundance of content and references. It includes topics that I would not have considered previously. The inclusion of new theories or approaches to motivation and adherence are intriguing. The amount of content related to exercise psychology is impressive. In previous textbooks I've seen, sport psychology is the focus and exercise psychology is an afterthought. This provides relatively equal focus on each.
The material that I've looked at appears to be free from errors. I would suspect that with the number of authors contributing to this resource, there will be some mistakes. I have not noticed anything that seems biased in any way.
The text includes information about the effects of Covid-19 on sport and exercise psychology. This is an area that will continue to be explored in future research as the consequences of lost athletic seasons and gym closures becomes more apparent. The material may eventually become irrelevant but for now and the foreseeable future, it plays an important role in what it means to be an athlete.
The text contains numerous in-text citations, footnotes, and references. The language is appropriate for undergraduate college coursework. The terminology that is used is clearly defined and/or explained and is essential for discussing the topics presented in the text.
The consistency between authors and chapters reveals an intentional effort to create a common framework for students using the resource. Each chapter has an overview, learning activities, and a reference list. Faculty would be able to incorporate the framework into an 8-week, 16-week, or self-paced course.
Each chapter is broken down into sub-sections which enhances reader focus and eliminates content fatigue. There are just enough illustrations to break up the verbiage. The sub-section format will also be useful for instructors who only want to cover portions of each chapter. It provides a great framework to build the curriculum to meet the needs of the students in a particular course or program.
There does appear to be some overlap between chapters but the fact that the chapters are written by different authors with different perspectives may add rather than detract from the flow of ideas. 33 chapters and nearly 800 pages will likely result in some redundancy, but the choice to layout the concepts for exercise and then return to the topics in a sport setting later adds nuance. The breadth of information will require instructors to streamline the required content so as not to overwhelm students, but students can always dive deeper into the content than what is assigned by the instructor.
Navigation to the specific chapters is easy with links provided through the table of contents. I did not notice any issues with images being distorted. I am viewing this on a PC so I'm not sure how things will look for students reading the material on their phones. The layout of the print is similar to a research paper rather than a textbook. It will be interesting to see how students respond to this format.
There were no obvious grammatical errors in the text. It would not be surprising to find some errors during a deeper dive into the text.
If there is anything missing from this text, it is a chapter on diversity, equity, and inclusivity in sport and exercise settings. With the current debate regarding trans-athletes as well as common race, ethnicity, and gender issues, a chapter that addresses this area would be beneficial. There are illustrations with people from a variety of backgrounds.
There are chapters submitted from authors throughout the world which adds to the richness of the content. This text could easily and adequately replace a traditional published textbook. Thank you to all of the authors that contributed.
It's a very useful textbook for applied psychology courses, as it provides very practical information for coaches, clinical psychologists and professionals, in addition to a comprehensive overview of theory and research in this area. However, it... read more
It's a very useful textbook for applied psychology courses, as it provides very practical information for coaches, clinical psychologists and professionals, in addition to a comprehensive overview of theory and research in this area. However, it is limited in terms of guidelines for anyone who wants to adopt a new exercise regimen or sport.
The content appears to be accurate, unbiased, and current, further supplement by expert reviews of the literature. Overall, the tone and content varies across the chapters, and empirical reviews are bit limited.
The content seems to be up-to-date, but could be supplemented by recent research findings to make it more valuable to students.
The text is written in fairly easy and straightforward language, with specific theories being consistently spelled out to ensure that everyone can follow and access it equitably.
The text is very consistent in terms of its writing style and use of terminology. For instance, some theories (e.g., social cognitive theory, self-determination theory) are spelled out consistently, which makes the chapters self-contained, so that one could easily choose to read only selected chapters based on their particular interests.
As mentioned above, the chapters are somewhat standalone and not building upon one another, which makes it more flexible to adopt in the classroom.
The order of the chapters is a bit awkward and random, as for instance the first chapters should establish the different levels of analysis and types of exercise, physical activity, and sports.
The design is straightforward with helpful visual aids here and there.
I did not catch any grammatical or spelling errors in my reading.
The text could include a bit more context on sociocultural differences and how it impacts participation in sport and physical exercise.
Overall, I think it's a solid textbook for an undergraduate course, if the focus is on applied sport and exercise psychology. However, at times, the intended audience was not clear and it seemed more aimed at scholars and researchers than students.
There is limited information from the vantage point of a person attempting to take up an exercise regimen or new sport, but there is comprehensive coverage relating to theory and research in this vein, as well as practical information for coaches,... read more
There is limited information from the vantage point of a person attempting to take up an exercise regimen or new sport, but there is comprehensive coverage relating to theory and research in this vein, as well as practical information for coaches, rehab professionals, and investigators.
Many of the chapters contain up-to-date, expert reviews of the literature. The tone and content vary a good deal across chapters, and some are more overview of different perspectives rather than empirical reviews, but either way the content seemed accurate and unbiased.
The basic principles are unlikely to change, but as more research is completed on, say, the validity of a new model of the relevance of affective associations to uptake of physical activity (ch. 4), it should be feasible to update the material.
The writing is straightforward and fairly engaging, and little background is assumed.
Almost to a fault there is consistency. Some basic points (social cognitive theory, self-determination theory) are spelled out repeatedly. This has the advantage of making the chapters self-contained, so that one could easily read the text selectively according to interests, but if someone does read it start to finish skimming will be needed.
As noted in prior comment, the chapters are independent and really could be read in any order.
The first chapter on levels of analysis, and distinctions among exercise, physical activity, and sport should indeed be first. After that, it seemed almost random.
design is fairly simple, mainly the occasional figure or photo. I don't imagine there would be problems.
I did not notice problems in this vein, which is a good sign
Many of the chapters do not include much on this issue, though I suspect that is more a function of the available literature than any fault of the textbook editors.
The intended audience was not always clear. For the most part, I think advanced undergraduate courses could make good use of it. But some seemed aimed more at fellow researchers in the sub-area in question.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Introduction to Exercise Psychology
- Chapter 2. Theories of Physical Activity
- Chapter 3. Promoting Self-Determined Motivation for Physical Activity: From Theory to Intervention Work
- Chapter 4. Exercise Behavior Change Revisited: Affective-Reflective Theory
- Chapter 5. Predictors and Correlates of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
- Chapter 6. Personality and Physical Activity
- Chapter 7. Body Image and Physical Activity
- Chapter 8. Youth Physical Activity and Considerations for Interventions
- Chapter 9. Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS) During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Chapter 10. Social Support, Relationships, and Physical Activity
- Chapter 11. Strategies to Facilitate More Pleasant Exercise Experiences
- Chapter 12. Affective Responses to Exercise: Measurement Considerations for Practicing Professionals
- Chapter 13. Perceived Effort and Exertion
- Chapter 14. Mindfulness in Physical Activity
- Chapter 15. Exercise and Physical Activity for Depression
- Chapter 16. Physical Activity and Exercise for the Prevention and Management of Anxiety
- Chapter 17. Physical Activity and Severe Mental Illness
- Chapter 18. Exercise and Chronic Fatigue
- Chapter 19. Taking the Field: An Introduction to the Field of Sport Psychology
- Chapter 20. Get Your Head in the Game: Examining the Use of Psychological Skills in Sport
- Chapter 21. Motivation in Coaching: Promoting Adaptive Psychological Outcomes
- Chapter 22. Self-Control in Sports
- Chapter 23. Music in Sport: From Conceptual Underpinnings to Applications
- Chapter 24. Values-Based Coaching: The Role Coaches in Moral Development
- Chapter 25. Leadership Development in Sports Teams
- Chapter 26. Group Dynamics in Sport
- Chapter 27. Self, Relational, and Collective Efficacy in Athletes
- Chapter 28. Diagnosing Problems, Prescribing Solutions, and Advancing Athlete Burnout Research
- Chapter 29. Psychological Stress and Performance
- Chapter 30. Organizational Stress in Competitive Sport
- Chapter 31. Rehabilitation from Sport Injury: A Social Support Perspective
- Chapter 32. Promoting Adherence to Rehabilitation through Supporting Patient Well-Being: A Self-Determination Perspective
- Chapter 33. Working in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
About the Book
This text represents the collaboration of more than 70 authors from multiple countries. Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology: An Open Access Textbook brings this diverse set of experts together to provide a free, open, accessible textbook for students studying exercise and sport psychology. Primarily directed at undergraduate students, this well-referenced book is also appropriate for graduate students.
The topics covered are broad, ranging from an Introduction to Exercise Psychology (Chapter 1), to an Introduction to Sport Psychology (Chapter 19), to Working in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Chapter 33). Importantly, students should recognize that each author brings their individual perspectives, experiences, and expertise to this book. Therefore, some chapters may share overlapping content, but the content is discussed in unique ways. For example, Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 focus on physical activity and exercise behavior. While content in these chapters is related, it is not redundant. To fully understand the complex world of exercise and sport psychology, students are encouraged to engage with diverse perspectives from many authors.
Chapters also contain learning exercises to prompt students and instructors to engage with the material on a deeper level. For effective review, students and instructors are encouraged to complete these learning exercises and discuss responses together.
The majority of this textbook was written during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are tremendously grateful for all of the efforts and expertise of the many contributors to this project. Despite the challenges of teaching, researching, and surviving in the pandemic, the authors persisted. As a result, Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology: An Open Access Textbook is completed; we think you will enjoy using it as you pursue this challenging and fascinating area of study!
About the Contributors
Zachary Zenko, California State University
Leighton Jones, Sheffield Hallam University