Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology, Second Edition is intended for psychologists, kinesiologists, physical education specialists, and students interested in exploring opportunities in sport and exercise psychology. It provides an indispensable overview of applications, interventions, and practice issues in this up-and-coming field.

Popular interventions for peak performance (including imagery training, intensity regulation, modeling, and goal setting) are featured, along with population-specific advice (includes college and elite athletes), strategies for enhancing physical and psychological well-being, specialization education and training, and tips on how to get started in the field.

Leaders in the field have been brought together to comment on their specific areas of expertise.

Table of Contents


—Michael J. Mahoney



  1. Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
    —Britton W. Brewer and Judy L. Van Raalte

I. Performance Enhancement

  1. Comprehensive Sport Psychology Services
    —Mark B. Andersen
  2. Goal Setting in Sport and Exercise: Research to Practice
    —Robert S. Weinberg
  3. Imagery Training for Peak Performance
    —Daniel Could, Nicole Damurjian, and Christy Greenleaf
  4. Cognitive Strategies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    —Jean M. Williams and Thad R Leffingwell
  5. Intensity Regulation and Sport Performance
    —Jim Taylor and Gregory S. Wilson
  6. Observational Learning: The Forgotten Psychological Method in Sport Psychology
    —Penny McCullagh and Maureen R Weiss
  7. Hypnosis in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    —William P. Morgan

II. Promoting Well-Being

  1. Exercise Initiation, Adoption, and Maintenance in Adults: Theoretical Models and Empirical Support
    —Bess H. Marcus, Beth C. Bock, Bernadine M. Pinto, Melissa A. Napolitano, and Matthew M. Clark
  2. Promotion of Physical Activity Through Community Development
    —David A. Dzewaltowski, Paul A. Estabrooks, Nancy C. Gyurcsik, and Judy A. Johnston
  3. Guidelines for Clinical Application of Exercise Therapy for Mental Health Case Studies
    —Wes Sime
  4. Counseling Interventions in Applied Sport Psychology
    —Albert J. Petitpas
  5. Teaching Life Skills Through Sport: Community-Based Programs to Enhance Adolescent Development
    —Steven J. Danish, Robert J. Fazio, Valerie C. Nellen, and Susanna S. Owens

III. Clinical Issues

  1. Assessment in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    — Sean C. McCann, Douglas P. Jowdy, and Judy L. Van Raalte
  2. Psychopathology in Sport and Exercise
    —Britton W. Brewer and Trent A. Petrie
  3. Referral Processes in Sport Psychology
    —Judy L. Van Raalte and Mark B. Andersen

IV. Working With Specific Populations

  1. Youth Sports as a Behavior Setting for Psychosocial Interventions
    —Ronald E. Smith and Frank L. Smoll
  2. Helping College Student–Athletes In and Out of Sport
    —Mark B. Andersen
  3. Working With Elite Athletes
    —Patrick H. F. Baillie and Bruce C. Ogilvie
  4. Diversity in Sport
    —Karen D. Cogan and Trent A. Petrie

V. Professional Issues

  1. Education for Becoming a Sport Psychologist
    —Penny McCullagh and John M. Noble
  2. Certification in Sport and Sport and Exercise Psychology
    —Samuel Zizzi, Leonard Zaichkowsky, and Frank M. Perna
  3. Incorporating Sport and Exercise Psychology into Clinical Practice
    —Kate F. Hays and Robert J. Smith
  4. Ethics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    —James P. Whelan, Andrew W. Meyers, and T. David Elkins
  5. Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Positive Force in the New Millennium
    —Robert N. Singer and Karin L. Burke


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Judy L. Van Raalte received her PhD in social psychology from Arizona State University, Tempe. She is currently associate professor of psychology at Springfield College, Springfield, MA.

As a certified consultant, AAASP, she has provided applied sport psychology services for several athletes and teams. She has also published broadly in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

Britton W. Brewer received his PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University, Tempe. He is currently associate professor of psychology and head men's cross country coach at Springfield College, Springfield, MA.

His research is focused on psychological aspects of sport injury rehabilitation. He is a certified consultant, AAASP, and serves on the editorial boards of the Academic Athletic Journal, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Physical Therapy in Sport, and The Sport Psychologist.