Existential Psychology and Sport
Theory and Application
By Mark Nesti
Routledge – 2004 – 160 pages
Increasing numbers of professional teams and athletes look for assistance with the psychological factors of their performance, and there exists a growing body of professional sport psychologists ready to provide support. Despite this, it seems at times there remains a significant gap between the real needs of sport performers and what is delivered by traditional sport psychology.
The existential approach described by Mark Nesti offers a radical alternative to the cognitive and cognitive-behavioural approaches that have dominated sport psychology, and represents the first systematic attempt to apply existential psychological theory and phenomenological method to sport psychology.
This much-needed alternative framework for the discipline of applied sport psychology connects to many of the real and most significant challenges faced by sports performers during their careers and beyond.
Existential Psychology and Sport outlines an approach that can be used to add something of depth, substance and academic rigour to sport psychology in applied settings beyond the confines of MST and good listening skills.
Part 1 - Principles, Ideas and Research Perspectives 1. Introduction: Existential and Humanistic Psychology 2. Existential-Phenomenological Psychology 3. Phenomenology 4. Anxiety and Sport Part 2 - Professional Practice Issues and Existential Counseling in Sport 5. Existential Counseling in Sport Psychology 6. Professional Team Sport 7. Ethical Issues in Existential Practice 8. To Be Or Not To Be… an Existential Sport Psychologist.
Mark Nesti is Reader in Sport Psychology at York St John College, University of Leeds, UK. A BASES accredited sport psychologist since 1990, he has worked with numerous professional, elite and serious recreational sport performers mostly in football, tennis, skating, motor racing and cricket.