Practical Sport Psychology
Routledge – 2008 – 264 pages
Are you "only as good as your last game"?
Is it really just a matter of "keeping your eye on the ball"?
Pure Sport: Practical Sport Psychology explains in everyday language the whys and wherefores of contemporary sport psychology – pinpointing what works and what doesn’t when it comes to performance enhancement.
As the title suggests, Pure Sport goes back to basics by highlighting practical concerns for those who are involved with competitive sport at every level – from junior club to international élite. Drawing on their considerable experience as both academic researchers and applied sport psychologists, the authors present a powerful array of techniques for channelling and harnessing mental skills with the goal of improving sporting performance. The interventions that they describe have all been tried and tested in competitive settings, but here, for the first time, the psychological techniques underlying them are brought together in a single volume that uniquely blends sound theory with good practice.
Liberally sprinkled with practical examples, evocative photographs and clear diagrams, Pure Sport is essential reading for anyone with an active involvement or interest in sport. It will help coaches, teams and sports people alike to develop their mental edge and so realise their true potential in sport and through sport.
"It is a welcome and important guide to any athlete, coach or spectator at any level in sport interested in improving their game or knowledge of their sport. Obviously there are already a litany of mental toughness and sport psychology guides out there but what's so commendable about Kremer and Moran's work is the way it blends the theoretical with the practical. Too often books of this nature can be too intimidating for the general reader and end up just preaching to the converted in the academic community, or else they're overly-simplistic, without mention of any studies or research to support their suggestions. Moran and Kremer offer serious academic cred, with recommendations and techniques that are grounded in scientific, proven methods and principles, yet are forever conscious that for this project, their audience is the general, if discerning, sportsperson, not the budding or established sports psychologist.They abide by the principle of all good teaching and writing - "don't just tell me, show me". Instead of telling us visualisation is a good thing to do, they show us, by outlining how it works for Ronan O'Gara. Instead of citing academics, they cite winners, from Tiger Woods to Keith Wood." - Kieran Shannon, The Sunday Tribune
"Pure Sport is a practical guide to sport psychology with a difference. Written in a lively, accessible and entertaining style, the book is essential reading for anyone involved in sport. It offers numerous practical suggestions and techniques that are based on sound theory and research, and present these in a manner that are non threatening for the casual reader." - Mary-Margaret Meade MSc, PsychWorks, University of Ulster, UK
"Entertaining and informative, with interesting quotes from famous sports personalities and anecdotes throughout. The examples cover a wide range of situations and sports, and the book goes into detail on practical suggestions for changing one's behaviour without being bogged down in psycho-jargon." - Dave Shaw, Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK
"This is a very well-written book that will be of interest to athletes and coaches interested in improving their understanding of sport psychology and their own psychological approach to sport. Current theory and research underpin the psychological factors discussed, and these are explained in a very readable manner." - Marc Jones, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK
"The book is conversationally written to engage the casual reader, while being well-informed and grounded in scientific research. Real-life examples are employed to good effect and suitable exercises are provided to ensure that the information is brought into the 'real world'." - Robert C. Eklund, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Florida State University, USA
"Readers experience this text as if the authors talk to them, reassure them, guide them, and advise them. In this fluently written book, Kremer and Moran offer many possible theories and interventions, and above all the freedom to choose from them." - Caroline Jannes, European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2008
"This book is a pure gem! Solidly based in the latest research and presented in a conversational and engaging style, it presents the theory of sports psychology in a very accessible way. Perhaps, more importantly, it explains the vital practical steps one can take to apply this theory to enhance performance. And here's the brilliant bit… the WAY in which the material is presented (especially the sections on Imagining, Improving and Mistake Management) have such wide applicability. They allow the reader to apply this knowledge and these techniques to enhance whatever their 'game' is." – amazon.co.uk reviewer
"As an introduction to basic sport psychology, this book serves as essential reading for researchers, psychologists, athletes, coaches, or just the interested reader." - Andrew J. Wawrzyniak, The Psychologist
1. Starting. 2. Succeeding. 3. Reflecting. 4. Relaxing. 5. Focusing. 6. Imagining. 7. Improving. 8. ‘Teaming’. 9. Leading. 10. Ending?
John Kremer is a Reader in Applied Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast where he has lectured since 1980. A graduate of Loughborough University, he has been actively involved in sport and exercise psychology since the mid-1980s as a practitioner, researcher and teacher. He continues to work with a wide range of individuals and teams at both club and international level.
Aidan P. Moran is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. He has gained an international reputation for his research on concentration, mental imagery and expertise in athletes. He is a psychology consultant to many of Ireland's leading athletes and teams, and is a former Official Psychologist to the Irish Olympic squad.