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Essentials of Exercise and Sport Psychology: An Open Access Textbook

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Zachary Zenko, Bakersfield, CA

Leighton Jones, Sheffield, UK

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9780578932361

Publisher: Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology

Language: English

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Reviewed by April Parrott, Insctructor, Lane Community College on 9/15/23

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

Reviewed by Sara Woodward, Exercise and Sport Science Faculty, Dakota County Technical College on 4/25/23

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

Reviewed by Katja Sonkeng, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 4/16/23

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

Reviewed by David Haaga, Professor, American University on 11/3/22

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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 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

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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

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