- 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.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Performance psychology: developing a peak performance culture
Section 1 – Preparation
Chapter 2 Aims, principles and methodologies in talent identification and development
Chapter 3 Expertise: the goal of performance development
Nicola J. Hodges and Joseph Baker
Chapter 4 Psychological characteristics of developing excellence
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
Section 2 – Provision (of support)
Chapter 7 Introduction: organisational issues in providing support
Chapter 8 Organising for excellence
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
Chapter 11 Practical dimensions of providing for excellence: views from the performer’s panel
Section 3 – Practice
Chapter 12 Introduction: practice regimens for excellence
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