Existential Psychology and Sport
Theory and Application
By Mark Nesti
Routledge – 2006 – 160 pages
This book offers a radical alternative to the cognitive and cognitive-behavioural approaches that have dominated sport psychology, and is the first to systematically 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, and bridges the gap that still exists between the real needs of sport performers and what is delivered by traditional sport psychology
Existential psychology aims to assist athletes in their personal growth so that as they develop their physical strengths through sports coaching, they also become a stronger person, and are therefore more likely to achieve their true sporting potential. 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 mental skills training 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 Counselling in Sport 5. Existential Counselling in Sport Psychology 6. Professional Team Sport 7. Ethical Issues in Existential Practice 8. To Be Or Not To Be… an Existential Sport Psychologist