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Sport Psychology in PracticeMark B. Andersen
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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:

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 Authors

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.

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

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