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Edited by J L van Raalte, B W Brewer. Washington, DC: The Eurospan Group, 2002, £33.95, softcover, pp 561. ISBN 1557988862
The days when psychology was referred to as “the art of pulling habits out of rats” are quite rightly now behind us. Indeed, the foreword eloquently describes the rapid and continued growth of psychology and its important role in aiding individuals involved in exercise and sport at any level, which the book explores in detail.
The previous edition (published in 1996) was highly regarded because it provided a sound basis for both student learning and clinical practice. This second edition aims to provide an update of the developments in the field that have occurred since 1996 and to address important topics that were not previously included. This worthy objective is more than adequately met.
The authors, contributors, and editors are all credible authorities in the field of sport and exercise psychology, and this is reflected in the standard of the text. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on hypnosis (chapter 8).
Multi-author books of this type can result in a stilted or disjointed flow for the reader; however, the editors have done a fine job with a readable, well referenced, well organised addition to the sport psychology literature the ultimate result of their efforts. The book features up to date references (2002), case examples, and three new chapters. It progresses in a logical fashion and each chapter includes a summary and the book a detailed index.
Students and professionals interested in the ever diversifying field of sport and exercise psychology will appreciate this resource.
Evidence basis 19/20