This comprehensive text explains how health fitness psychology has developed into a wide-ranging discipline that can be used in various exercise, fitness and health settings, allowing both current and future practitioners to assist their patients or clients in adopting healthier lifestyles.
The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology
This year’s Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society will feature a full and varied programme with keynote speeches by Professor Marc Jones of Staffordshire University whose chosen subject is “Adventures in Psychological Stress: From Playing Field to Country Park” and Professor Vincent Walsh of University College London who will present “Sport and the Brain: Why it matters”.
An article in the November issue of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance introduces an intriguing Thomas Jefferson quote from 1807 addressing “pious fraud”: “One of the most successful physicians I have ever known has assured me that he used more bread pills, drops of colored water and powders of hickory ashes, than of all other medicines put together”.
“Terms and nomenclature to describe exercise”
with Professor Edward M Winter
3:00 pm – 4:00pm BST,
Wednesday, 16th October, 2013
This webinar will address correct and incorrect use of terms and nomenclature to describe exercise. Correct use of terms should conform to classical (Newtonian) mechanics, the Système International d’Unités and hence, science. Register now >>
Based on research and years of working with professional tour and elite level golfers Vicki has developed a system based around something she calls the “playing attitude”. Drawing on research in motor learning, flow and goal orientation theory among others she explains the method behind her system. Register now >>
A new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology suggests it might be possible to predict how young, cricket academy level, batsmen would perform when under psychological pressure.
The study involved the standard batting test that is conducted periodically with all cricketers at national academy level and is used to assess a cricketer’s ability to perform under pressured simulated match conditions.
Speed was once seen as largely a genetic trait greatly unaffected by training, but the world of sports today recognises that a well-structured and scientifically sound training programme can, in fact, improve speed.
According to the US National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Ian Jeffreys, coaches and athletes alike must develop a fundamental knowledge of the factors that contribute to speed in order to maximise the benefits of training.
In his forthcoming book Developing Speed, Jeffreys details how speed relies on both motor skill development and the development of physical capabilities to produce effective ground-reaction forces.
He believes any speed development programme should include three key elements:
Stigma theory suggests that individuals with disabilities possess “discrediting attributes” that disqualify them from meeting culturally constructed appearance norms.
This stigmatization of marginalized groups often leads to negative attitudes, discrimination and exclusion, which can contribute to decreased self-worth.
In becoming the first Briton in more than 40 years to win the U.S. Open, on Sunday Justin Rose also became the second student of Dr. Gio Valiante to bring home a high-profile PGA Tour championship this month.
“On Sunday Justin was in the exact type of flow state that I write about in Golf Flow,” Valiante says. “In his winning press conference, he referenced the exact processes and methods I teach in the book.”
Valiante, named in the new issue of Golf Digest as the number two sport psychologist in America, began working with Rose in 2010 and says that he evolved from simply thinking like a mastery golfer to thinking and behaving like one on the golf course.
A recent experimental study published in the June issue of International Journal of Sport Communication examined the effects of coach verbal aggression on athlete motivation and perceptions of coach credibility.
Results revealed that athletes exposed to a verbally aggressive coach were significantly less motivated and perceived the coach as less credible than athletes who were exposed to a coach who used an affirming style.
A new study about to be published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the reason why so many sports players and athletes choose to wear the colour red when they compete may have to do with their testosterone levels.
The study, conducted by psychological scientist Daniel Farrelly of the University of Sunderland and colleagues, demonstrated that males who chose red as their color in a competitive task had higher testosterone levels than other males who chose blue.