Many traditional psychology texts devote significant coverage to psychological theory. In Frameworks for Sport Psychologists, author Karen L. Hill highlights five popular theoretical models and demonstrates how they can be applied in helping athletes to improve their performance.
Demonstrating how theoretical models work, Hill introduces the hypothetical case of a struggling professional golfer, Lisa “The Cheetah” Irons. Through this case study, readers learn how each theory assists the sport psychologist in interpreting Lisa’s thoughts, emotions, and actions and how to create a plan of action for performance enhancement.
The text follows a progression of
- learning about each of the five theories,
- learning how each theory is applied to a single case,
- applying the same theory to other cases, and
- writing an original case.
In addition to the ongoing case study of Lisa “The Cheetah” Irons, each chapter includes an additional case, providing the reader further opportunity to apply the theories to real process plan.
Frameworks for Sport Psychologists offers the reader a practical look at sport psychology through its unique blend of theory and practice.
Chapter 1. The Psychodynamic Model
Chapter 2. The Behavioral Model
Chapter 3. The Cognitive Model
Chapter 4. The Humanistic Model
Chapter 5. A Composite Model: Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Karen L. Hill, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University where she teaches courses in psychology and sport science. In her career, Hill has served as acting director of academic affairs at Penn State University and as a research assistant in pulmonary medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in exercise and sport psychology from the department of kinesiology at Temple University.
Hill is widely published in academic journals and texts; has received numerous grants for projects in her field; and has chaired or participated in a full roster of seminars, workshops, and technical and professional meetings. In addition, Hill is a sought-after speaker on subjects such as team cohesion and communication, problem-solving, and electronic collaborative learning with technology.
Her professional affiliations include the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology; the International Society of Sport Psychology; the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance of Pennsylvania; the Women's Sport Foundation; and the American Psychological Association.