The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology integrates the topics of motor control, physical education, exercise, adventure, performance in sports, and the performing arts, in several important ways and contexts, drawing upon diverse cultural perspectives. More than 90 overarching topics have been systematically developed by internationally renowned experts in theory, research, and practice.

Each contribution delves into a thematic area with more nuanced vocabulary. The terminology drawn upon integrates traditional discourse and emerging topic matter into a state-of-the-art two-volume set. Volume 1: Theoretical and Methodological Concepts is comprised of theoretical topic matter, spanning theories and terminology from psychology contextualized to sport and physical activity, sport psychology-focused theories, and expansive discussions related to philosophy of science and methodology. Volume 2: Applied and Practical Measures draws upon practical concepts that bridge theory and research and practice. Broader issues that extend beyond sport and physical activity participants are embedded within the entries, intended to augment physical, mental, and social well-being.

This expansive encyclopedia is a must-have resource for all professionals, scholars, and students in the fields of sport psychology and sport science.

chapter |8 pages


ByDieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke

part 1 Letter A section|36 pages

chapter Entry A1|16 pages

Adventurous sport activities

ByDieter Hackfort

chapter Entry A2|6 pages


ByTim Woodman, Christine Le Scanff, Olivier Luminet

chapter Entry A3|14 pages

Anticipation and expertise

ByPaul Ward, Joel Suss, Patrick Belling, A. Mark Williams

part 2 Letter C section|52 pages

chapter Entry C1|14 pages

Cliques and subgroups

ByLuc J. Martin

chapter Entry C2|14 pages

Cognitive sport psychology

ByAidan Moran

chapter Entry C3|11 pages

Context-driven sport psychology

A Cultural Lens
ByLouise Kamuk Storm, Carsten Hvid Larsen

chapter Entry C4|13 pages


ByNoora J. Ronkainen, Amy T. Blodgett

part 3 Letter D section|8 pages

chapter Entry D1|8 pages

Depression and athletes

ByErlanger A. Turner

part 4 Letter E section|42 pages

chapter Entry E1|19 pages

Embodied cognition

ByMassimiliano L. Cappuccio, Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza

chapter Entry E2|12 pages

Emotional intelligence

ByEmma Mosley, Matthew Watson, Sylvain Laborde

chapter Entry E3|11 pages


Nature and Nurture
ByJoseph Baker, Stuart Wilson

part 5 Letter F section|13 pages

chapter Entry F1|13 pages

Five-factor model (Big 5) and its relation to sporting performance

ByIain Greenlees

part 6 Letter G section|42 pages

chapter Entry G1|15 pages

Goals and emotions

ByWarren Mansell

chapter Entry G2|17 pages

Group cohesion

ByM. Blair Evans, Scott A. Graupensperger, Svenja A. Wolf

chapter Entry G3|10 pages

Group flow

ByFabian Pels, Jens Kleinert

part 7 Letter J section|17 pages

chapter Entry J1|17 pages

Judgement and decision-making

ByMarkus Raab, Clare MacMahon

part 8 Letter L section|13 pages

chapter Entry L1|13 pages

Leadership and social identity

ByKatrien Fransen, Jamie B. Barker, Matthew J. Slater

part 9 Letter M section|143 pages

chapter Entry M1|17 pages

Measurement quality

ByEva Pila, Mark G. Epp, Kent C. Kowalski

chapter Entry M2|19 pages

Mental fitness

ByDieter Hackfort, York-Peter Klöppel

chapter Entry M3|7 pages

Mental health and wellness

ByWilliam D. Parham

chapter Entry M4|16 pages

Meta-analysis and meta-synthesis

ByThomas Curran, Toni Louise Williams

chapter Entry M5|12 pages

Methods in cognitive sport psychology

ByEdson Filho, Gershon Tenenbaum

chapter Entry M6|19 pages

Mindfulness and exercise

BySarah Ullrich-French, Anne E. Cox

chapter Entry M7|20 pages


Achievement Goal Theory in Sport and Physical Activity
ByGlyn C. Roberts, Christina G. L. Nerstad

chapter Entry M8|14 pages

Motor control

ByJulian Rudisch, Nils Henrik Pixa, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

chapter Entry M9|19 pages

Motor learning

ByNicole T. Ong, Nicola J. Hodges

part 10 Letter N section|16 pages

chapter Entry N1|16 pages


ByKatharina Geukes, Carolyn C. Morf, Mitja D. Back

part 11 Letter O section|14 pages

chapter Entry O1|14 pages

Organizational culture in sport

ByChristopher R. D. Wagstaff, Suzanna Burton-Wylie

part 12 Letter P section|119 pages

chapter Entry P1|8 pages


ByAndrew P. Hill, Daniel J. Madigan, Martin M. Smith, Sarah H. Mallinson-Howard, Tracy C. Donachie

chapter Entry P2|13 pages

Personality and physical activity

ByRyan E. Rhodes, Kathryn E. Wilson

chapter Entry P3|13 pages

Personality and team effectiveness

ByJames Hardy, Alex J. Benson, Matt W. Boulter

chapter Entry P4|16 pages

Personality assessment I

An Integrative Approach
ByTristan J. Coulter, Clifford J. Mallett, Dan P. McAdams

chapter Entry P5|12 pages

Personality assessment II

Within-Person Variability Assessment
ByKatharina Geukes, Steffen Nestler

chapter Entry P6|8 pages

Personality research

ByHarry Manley, Ross Roberts

chapter Entry P7|15 pages

Planned exercise behaviour

ByVassilis Barkoukis, Lambros Lazuras

chapter Entry P8|17 pages

Positive youth development

A Sport and Exercise Psychology Perspective
ByDiane L. Gill, Michael A. Hemphill

chapter Entry P9|17 pages

Power and privilege

BySae-Mi Lee, Stephanie J. Hanrahan

part 12 Letter Q section|11 pages

chapter Entry Q1|11 pages

Qualitative methods

ByToni Louise Williams, Brett Smith

part 13 Letter R section|30 pages

chapter Entry R1|15 pages

Research philosophies

ByKatherine A. Tamminen, Zoë A. Poucher

chapter Entry R2|15 pages

Resilience in teams and organizations

ByChristopher R. D. Wagstaff, Kirsten J. Fasey, Mustafa Sarkar

part 14 Letter S section|69 pages

chapter Entry S1|19 pages

Self-determination Theory

ByNikita Bhavsar, Nikos Ntoumanis, Eleanor Quested, Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Nikos Chatzisarantis

chapter Entry S2|11 pages


ByTimothy J. H. Budden, Ben Jackson, James A. Dimmock

chapter Entry S3|14 pages


Discursive and Narrative Conceptions and Applications
ByKerry R. McGannon, Brett Smith

chapter Entry S4|11 pages

Spirituality in sport

ByThierry R. F. Middleton, Robert J. Schinke, Brennan Petersen, Cole Giffin

chapter Entry S5|14 pages

Stress and well-Being of those operating in groups

ByLee Baldock, Brendan Cropley, Stephen D. Mellalieu, Rich Neil

part 15 Letter T section|10 pages

chapter Entry T1|10 pages


The Invisible Tattoos
ByWilliam D. Parham

part 16 Letter V section|13 pages

chapter Entry V1|13 pages

Validity and reliability

ByKatie E. Gunnell