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Sports Psychology For Dummies

362 Pages · 2010 · 2.8 MB · English

  • Sports Psychology For Dummies

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    Psychology


    FOR


    DUMmIES



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    Psychology


    FOR


    DUMmIES



    by Leif H. Smith, PsyD, and


    Todd M. Kays, PhD


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    Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data


    Smith, Leif H.


    Sports psychology for dummies / Leif H. Smith, Todd M. Kays.


    Includes index.


    ISBN 978-0-470-67659-2


    1. Sports—Psychological aspects. I. Kays, Todd M. II. Title.


    GV706.4.S62 2010 796.01 C2010-902900-3


    Printed in the United States


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    01_676592-ffirs.indd iv01_676592-ffirs.indd iv 7/14/10 2:40 PM7/14/10 2:40 PM About the Authors


    Leif H. Smith, PsyD, is the president of Personal Best Consulting, a sports


    psychology and performance consultation fi rm located in Hilliard, Ohio. He


    has worked with hundreds of individual athletes from all walks of life — from


    amateurs and weekend warriors to professional athletes from Major League


    Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football


    League. Leif’s company contracts with the Department of Athletics at The


    Ohio State University to provide counseling and performance consultation


    to its 36 sports and nearly 1,000 athletes. He has also worked with teams


    and athletes from The University of Iowa and Duquesne University, among


    others. Leif is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dayton, teaching


    graduate courses in clinical assessment. He earned his doctorate in clinical


    psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and did


    his postdoctoral fellowship in applied sports psychology and counseling at


    The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center. His work has been cited


    in publications such as The New York Times, The Columbus Dispatch, and


    Entrepreneur magazine, among others.


    Todd M. Kays, PhD, is president of the Athletic Mind Institute, a sports and


    performance consulting fi rm in Dublin, Ohio. He is a licensed psychologist,


    devoted to helping athletes and people of all walks of life achieve peak


    performance on a consistent and frequent basis. He attended the University


    of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and earned his doctorate at


    the State University of New York at Buffalo. His training and guidance have


    helped hundreds of athletes eliminate the most common mental errors and


    breakdowns in sports. For fi ve years, Todd was the sports psychologist for


    the Columbus Crew, the major league soccer team in Columbus, Ohio; he


    continues to work with numerous soccer players and coaches throughout


    the country. He has consulted with athletes and coaches from all different


    levels of sports, including Major League Soccer, USA Olympic Hockey, the


    Professional Golf Association, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.


    He consults regularly with the athletic departments at The Ohio State


    University and Ohio University, both of which he serves as an adjunct


    faculty member. Todd was the fi rst sports psychology fellow at The Ohio


    State University, training several athletes, coaches, and teams, including


    national champions, all-Americans, and Olympians. He has coauthored two


    books — Positive Transitions for Student Athletes: Life Skills for Transitions in


    Sport, College, and Career (Holcomb Hathaway Publishing) and The Parent’s


    Playbook: Developing a Gameplan for Maximizing Your Child’s Athletic


    Experience (Champion Athletic Consulting ) — and produced Peak Mental


    Performance in Golf: Sharpening the Mental Side of Your Game, a CD, book,


    and video series addressing mental training for the sport of golf. Todd has


    appeared on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines, includ-


    ing ESPN, Fox Sports, the New York Post, and NASCAR Illustrated.


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    This book is dedicated to Aiden and Gable Smith, my boys and my greatest


    teachers, and to Todd Kays, who shared my dream of getting this book in the


    public’s hands.


    —Leif H. Smith, PsyD


    This book is dedicated to the numerous people who have inspired me in my


    journey, including my family, Kathy, Jake, Charley, Bill, Mark, Jenny, Jeff,


    Paul, Don, Tom, and Naomi. And to my coauthor, Leif — it has been a blast,


    and I look forward to many years of continuing to advance the fi eld together.


    I would not be here without all of you.


    —Todd M. Kays, PhD


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