- A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Anxiety in Athletes
A great deal of the literature on the relationship between anxiety and performance has come from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. This paper examines the relationship between the two constructs from a psychodynamic perspective. Included is a discussion of winning and the anxiety of separation from an object relations perspective, the dread of success, self psychology, Freudian instinct theory, and the secondary gain that is found in defeat.
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- APA Division 47: Exercise and Sport Psychology
Sport and exercise psychology is the scientific study of the psychological factors that are associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity. Sport psychologists are interested in two main areas: (a) helping athletes use psychological principles to achieve optimal mental health and to improve performance (performance enhancement) and (b) understanding how participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity affects an individual's psychological development, health, and well-being throughout the life span.
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- Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence
The Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence at the University of North Texas has a core of sport psychologists and sport consultants, both professional (Ph.D. level) and graduate student trainees who are committed to helping teams, athletes, any other high level performers or those aspiring to be, and coaches to perform at their most optimal levels.
(Added: 2-Oct-2006 Hits: 5623)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives of the Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance
This paper examines the relationship between anxiety and performance from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. Previous research in the field has suggested that the majority of consultations conducted by sport psychologists are related to
anxiety. Included is a discussion on the theoretical underpinnings of anxiety and how it relates to performance. Research
conducted on the relationship between anxiety and performance is also discussed. A review of the cognitive-behavioral
treatments that have been used for anxiety reduction and performance enhancement within the field of athletics is included.
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- Mind Tools - Sports Psychology
Your body is a mass of muscles and nerves linked together into the central processing unit that is your brain. This series of articles on
sports psychology seeks to show you how to use that central processing unit to its greatest effect in controlling your body to give
optimum sporting performance.
(Added: 6-Dec-1998 Hits: 10811)
- The Art of Goal Setting
Goal setting is a powerful motivational strategy ... if utilized properly. Research has shown that goal setting enhances performance across a variety of situations. This month the focus is on how goals work, the benefits they provide, and specific ways in which you can use goal setting to reach your next "goal" in tennis.
(Added: 24-Feb-2000 Hits: 5634)