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Series Preface xiii Preface xv Authors' Biographies xvii Acknowledgements xxi 1 Introduction 1 Brian Hemmings and Tim Holder 1.1 The cognitive?behavioural approach 1 1.2 Types of assessments and interventions 2 1.3 Techniques and skills 2 1.4 Reflective practice 3 References 4 SECTION A Working with Individuals 5 2 Enhancing Self-Efficacy in Professional Tennis: Intensive Work for Life on the Tour Chris Harwood 2.1 Introduction/background information 7 2.2 Initial needs assessment 9 2.3 From identified needs into intervention objectives 14 2.4 Interventions and monitoring 15 2.5 Evaluation of interventions 25 2.6 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 27 2.7 Summary 29 Questions for students 30 References 31 3 Managing Distractions in Test Cricket 33 Brian Hemmings 3.1 Introduction/background information 33 3.2 Initial needs assessment 34 3.3 Interventions and monitoring 36 3.4 Evaluation of interventions 42 3.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 44 3.6 Summary 47 Questions for students 48 References 48 4 Consultancy in the Ring: Psychological Support to a World Champion Professional Boxer 51 Andrew M. Lane 4.1 Introduction/background information 51 4.2 Initial needs assessment 52 4.3 Intervention and monitoring 54 4.4 Evaluation of intervention 58 4.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/refelective practice 59 4.6 Summary 62 Questions for students 63 References 63 5 Creating Positive Performance Beliefs: The Case of a Tenpin Bowler 65 Caroline Marlow 5.1 Introduction/background information 65 5.2 Initial needs assessment 66 5.3 Interventions and monitoring 69 5.4 Evaluation of intervention 80 5.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 82 5.6 Summary 85 Questions for students 85 References 86 6 Enhancing Confidence in a Youth Golfer 89 Iain Greenlees 6.1 Introduction/background information 89 6.2 Initial needs assessment 90 6.3 Interventions and monitoring 95 6.4 Evaluation of interventions 101 6.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 102 6.6 Summary 104 Questions for students 105 References 105 SECTION B Working with Teams and Squads 109 7 Delivering Sport Psychology to Olympic Rowers: Beyond Psychological Skills Training 111 Chris Shambrook 7.1 Introduction/background information 111 7.2 Initial needs assessment 113 7.3 Interventions and monitoring 115 7.4 Evaluation of interventions 128 7.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 130 7.6 Summary 135 Questions for students 136 References 137 8 Delivering Educational Workshops for Age-Group Rugby League Players: Experiences of a Trainee Sport Psychologist 139 Jenny Page 8.1 Introduction/background information 139 8.2 Initial needs assessment ? season one 140 8.3 Intervention and monitoring ? season one 141 8.4 Evaluation of intervention ? season one 143 8.5 Needs assessment ? season two 147 8.6 Intervention and monitoring ? season two 149 8.7 Evaluation of intervention ? season two 152 8.8 Summary 156 Questions for students 156 References 157 9 Team Goal Setting in Professional Football 161 Richard Thelwell 9.1 Introduction/background information 161 9.2 Initial needs assessment 162 9.3 Interventions and monitoring 166 9.4 Evaluation of intervention 173 9.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 175 9.6 Summary 177 Questions for students 177 References 178 SECTION C Working with Support Staff 181 10 Role Development and Delivery of Sport Psychology at the Paralympic Games 183 Jonathan Katz 10.1 Introduction/background information 183 10.2 Assessing the requirements/needs of the HQ role 186 10.3 Interventions and monitoring 190 10.4 Evaluation of interventions/role 193 10.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 195 10.6 Epilogue 198 10.7 Summary 199 Questions for students 199 References 200 11 An Integrated Multi-disciplinary Support Service for an Injured Rubgy Union Lock 203 Sarah Cecil, Raphael Brandon and James Moore 11.1 Introduction/background information 203 11.2 Initial needs assessment 204 11.3 Interventions and monitoring 207 11.4 Evaluation of intervention 213 11.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 215 11.6 Summary 219 Questions for students 220 References 220 12 Developing Coach Education Materials in Table Tennis ? Applying a Cyclical Model of Performance 223 Tim Holder 12.1 Introduction/background information 223 12.2 Initial needs assessment 227 12.3 Intervention and monitoring 229 12.4 Evaluation of intervention 233 12.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 234 12.6 Summary 235 Questions for students 236 References 236 Index 239

About the Author

Dr Brian Hemmings, Sports Psychology Consultant based in Northampton, UK Dr Tim Holder, Reader in Applied Sport Psychology, St. Mary's College, Twickenham, UK


"Overall, the text is a sensibly organized, well referenced and scholarly volume. It blends solid theoretical underpinnings with the applied practice of psychologists with athletes, teams, and organizations." ( American Psychological Association , Summer 2010) "A very welcome addition to sport psychology library... Great insights into the practical challenges and quandaries sport psychologists are faced with. Its user friendly layout, practical nature, and detailed real-life experiences of working with athletes in the applied field makes it an enjoyable read not only for students, academics, and trainee sport psychologist, but also for range of sport professionals." ( The Sports Psychologist , December 2009) "Applied Sport Psychology: A Case-Based Approach edited by Brian Hemmings and Tim Holder is without a doubt a very welcome addition to sport psychology library. I personally could not think of better persons to edit such a book, as both authors are not only exceptional academics, but also highly reputable sport psychology consultants." (Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow, The University of Northampton, 2009) "A strength of the book is the emphasis given to reflective practice. The best case-studies, explore evaluations of intervention(s) and consultant effectiveness in depth and demonstrate the importance of relationship aspects of consulting. These sections within the book are essential reading for students and would likely benefit a far-reaching audience of practicing psychologists in any field." (Jonathan Bint, The Psychologist, 2009) "Between them the authors have a wide range of experience, expertise and philosophy. The quite unique combination of these attributes in each case study ensures the content of the book it extremely varied and for that reason stimulating and engrossing." (Prof. Ian Maynard, Sport and Exercise Psychology Review) "This publication provides a welcome addition to the sport psychology literature in moving away from the traditional research/theory/review-style texts and describing what applied sport psychologists actually do." (Dr. Neil Weston, The Sport and Exercise Scientist (BASES) )

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