Key Features

  • Strong links between theory and practice - a panel of top performers conclude each section with an overview, providing real-life practical examples in addition to the case studies included in each chapter.
  • Holistic approach allows students to see how they can combine different approaches to address a problem.
  • Written by a team of international contributors including national team coaches, sports psychologists and academics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Performance psychology: developing a peak performance culture

Dave Collins

Section 1 – Preparation

Chapter 2 Aims, principles and methodologies in talent identification and development

Angela Button

Chapter 3 Expertise: the goal of performance development

Nicola J. Hodges and Joseph Baker

Chapter 4 Psychological characteristics of developing excellence

Áine MacNamara

Chapter 5 Talent development environments: key considerations for effective practice

Russell Martindale and Paddy Mortimer

Chapter 6 Implications and applications: views from the performer’s panel

Dave Collins

Section 2 – Provision (of support)

Chapter 7 Introduction: organisational issues in providing support

Dave Collins

Chapter 8 Organising for excellence

Veronica Burke

Chapter 9 The team perspective: promoting excellence in performance teams

Alan C. MacPherson and Patrick Howard

Chapter 10 Planning for physical performance: the individual perspective. Planning, periodization, prediction, and why the future ain’t what it used to be

John Kiely

Chapter 11 Practical dimensions of providing for excellence: views from the performer’s panel

Dave Collins

Section 3 – Practice

Chapter 12 Introduction: practice regimens for excellence

Dave Collins

Chapter 13 ‘Keeping it together’: motor control under pressure

Chris Button, Clare MacMahon and Rich Masters

Chapter 14 Skill acquisition: designing optimal learning environments

Joan N. Vickers

Chapter 15 Effective skill development: how should athletes’ skills be developed?

Andrew Abraham and Dave Collins



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About the editors

David Collins

BASES Accredited Sport Psychology - Research and Support BOA Registered Sport Psychologist UK Sports Council World Class Guarantee Sport Scientist

Affiliations and Expertise

Performance Director, UK Athletics, Birmingham, UK; Adjunct Professor and Chair in PER and Sport Performance, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK