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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!

1. Sports Psychology – A Complete Introduction (Teach Yourself) (2016)

 Best Sports Psychology Books: The Ultimate CollectionSport Psychology: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear, jargon-free English and providing added-value features like summaries of key experiments and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.The book uses a structure that mirrors the way sports psychology is taught on many university courses, and is split into theory and application. Chapters in the first part include coverage of essential personality traits, including mental toughness,…
Author(s): John Perry

2. 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. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the desire to excel. In The Champion’s Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, offers the…
Author(s): Jim Afremow, Jim Craig

3. 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). They fight for control all the time and that’s when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look. What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can. The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon…
Author(s): Marshall PhD, Simon, Lesley Paterson

4. 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. Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Seventh Edition With Web Study Guide, offers both students and new practitioners a comprehensive view of sport and exercise psychology, drawing connections between research and practice and capturing the excitement of the world of sport…
Author(s): Robert Weinberg, Daniel Gould

5. 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. When no one else could, they helped me to recognize how my throwing problems came directly from sports traumas that were stuck in my brain. And then Grand and Goldberg had the knowhow to release it with the miracle of Brainspotting.” Mackey Sasser Former catcher for NY Mets “THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SPORTS is a MUST READ for athletes, their parents and coaches, as well as for all…
Author(s): Dr. David Grand, Dr. Alan Goldberg

6. 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. This is where mindfulness can help.Mindfulness allows you to stay present, focus, and be calm with your thoughts and emotions, no matter how stressful life gets. In Mindfulness for Student Athletes, you’ll find practical and…
Author(s): Biegel MA LMFT, Gina M., Corbin CPC, Todd H.

7. 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. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The…
Author(s): Brett Bartholomew

8. 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. This edition reflects the latest research, practice, and anecdotal examples in applied sport psychology. Applied Sport Psychology is particularly well suited as a text for classes in applied sport psychology and psychology…
Author(s): Williams Professor, Jean M., Vikki Krane

9. 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. It takes a lot more than repeating feel-good platitudes to make positive thinking work in your life. It takes…
Author(s): Darrin Donnelly

10. 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. With practical advice on how to strengthen concentration (and when you shouldn’t concentrate), talk yourself into winning, and develop routines that will lead to consistent improvement, the book’s full…
Author(s): Leif H. Smith

11. 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. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing…
Author(s): David Epstein

12. 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. This introduction to sport and exercise psychology addresses practical issues, such as dealing with anxiety, arousal, and stress; developing coping, relaxation, motivation, and energizing strategies; understanding the effects of an audience on human performance; building team cohesion; and preventing burnout and…
Author(s): Richard H Cox

13. 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. #371,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2895 in Medical General Psychology #60 in Children’s Sports Coaching #399 in Sports Psychology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
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 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.

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

Mental Combat: The Sports Psychology Secrets You Can Use to Dominate Any Event!

Author(s): Pierce, Phil
ID: 2074759, Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 847 Kb, Format: epub

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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