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Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate Collection

Here is a list of the best Sports Psychology books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive (2015)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionEven among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn’t necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—its the mental game that matters most. Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high.
Author(s): Jim Afremow, Jim Craig

The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion (2017)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionYou don’t have one brain—you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad).
Author(s): Marshall PhD, Simon, Lesley Paterson

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2018)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate Collectionof Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Seventh Edition With Web Study Guide, which offers students a lower-priced printed version of the text. Other binding options are also available. The leading textbook in sport and exercise psychology is back in a revised seventh edition, and it again raises the bar with its engaging introduction to the field.
Author(s): Robert Weinberg, Daniel Gould

This is Your Brain on Sports: Beating Blocks, Slumps and Performance Anxiety for Good! (2011)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate Collection“THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SPORTS is a must read for anyone involved in or simply interested in sports. It tells the real story of what I went through and how countless athletes of all levels are still going through now..unnecessarily.
Author(s): Dr. David Grand, Dr. Alan Goldberg

Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance (2018)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionIf you’re like many other high school or college students, you probably feel pressure to perform at a high level—both in the classroom and on the field. Unfortunately, this pressure can cause lots of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to effectively manage all of these demands on your time, energy, and health.
Author(s): Biegel MA LMFT, Gina M., Corbin CPC, Todd H.

Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In (2017)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is paramount to getting the most out of them.
Author(s): Brett Bartholomew

Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance (2014)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionApplied Sport Psychology was written to introduce readers to psychological theories and techniques that can be used to enhance performance and personal growth of sport participants from youth to elite levels. The four-part organization covers learning, motivation, and social interaction; mental training for performance enhancement; implementing training programs; and enhancing health and well-being.
Author(s): Williams Professor, Jean M., Vikki Krane

Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything (Sports for the Soul) (Volume 3) (2017)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionPositive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Study after study proves this. Researchers have found that optimistic people live longer, live healthier, have more energy, have more successful careers, make better decisions, are more productive, are less stressed, have healthier relationships, and (not surprisingly) are much happier than pessimists. However, a lot has been misunderstood about what it means to be a positive thinker and what it takes to maintain an optimistic mindset.
Author(s): Darrin Donnelly

Sports Psychology For Dummies (2010)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionMental conditioning is now seen by many to be as critical to sports success as physical conditioning. And for parents eager to ensure their children have a winning edge-as well as a future college scholarship-nothing could be more critical to success. This book offers readers a comprehensive program to gain that winning edge, providing training tips and techniques along with helpful advice to keep in mind while competing.
Author(s): Leif H. Smith

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (2014)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate Collection. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?  In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs.
Author(s): David Epstein

Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications (2011)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionSport Psychology: Concepts and Applications shows how concepts supported by current scientific research can be used to address issues and situations encountered everyday by physical activity specialists, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes.
Author(s): Richard H Cox

Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches: Developing Champions in Sports and Life (2012)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionTwo seasoned sport psychologists help coaches understand the psychology of young athletes and provide guidelines for winning strategies that benefit athletes in sports and life. They cover issues like motivation, leadership behavior, values, life skills development and other topics, enabling coaches to have a lasting positive influence on youth.
Author(s): Ronald E. Smith

Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some sports psychology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Psychology of Sports Injury: From Risk to Retirement

Author(s): Adam Gledhill and Dale Forsdyke
ID: 3059959, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Psychology in professional sports and the performing arts: challenges and strategies

Author(s): International Society of Sports Psychology.;Hackfort, Dieter;Schinke, Robert J
ID: 2653423, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017;2016, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Boost!: How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance Your Performance in Management and Work

Author(s): Michael Bar-Eli
ID: 2263944, Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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