Performance Psychology

1st Edition

A Practitioner's Guide

Editors: David Collins Angela Abbott Hugh Richards
Paperback ISBN: 9780443067341
eBook ISBN: 9780702045608
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 1st March 2011
Page Count: 432


Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide is a comprehensive, evidence-based text covering the key aspects of performance culture: performer development, preparation, training and execution. Written by a team of international contributors, including national coaches, training specialists, applied sports psychologists, clinicians and researchers, and building on strong links between theory and practice, the book shows how applied psychological methods and principles can be used to enhance performance

Contributing authors offer clear implications for applied practice and each section is summarized by contributions from a 'Performers Panel' of experts who provide real-life practical examples. Performance psychology is applied to a wide variety of physical performance domains which enables practitioners to see how they can combine ideas and tailor interventions, to people and contexts, to produce effective applications of psychology.

Dave Collins is Professor of Performance and Coaching/Director for the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. As a practitioner, he has worked with over 50 World and Olympic medalists, and in professional performance domains spanning sport, business, motor sport, music, dance and adventure. He was formerly Performance Director of UK Athletics, a rugby player, martial artist and OE instructor. Dave currently works with the Chelsea FC Football Academy, amongst other consultancies.

Angela Button is a researcher at the University of Otago and is widely acknowledged as a world expert on talent. Angela has led funded research projects in talent development in the UK and New Zealand. Her sporting interests include squash, running and triathlon.

Hugh Richards lectures and is Director of post-graduate programmes in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of coping, talent, individual differences and professional developm

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 Editor

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

Angela Abbott

Hugh Richards