The most effective coaches understand the fundamentals of sport psychology, which include interacting effectively with athletes, creating the optimal environment, assessing the psychological needs of their athletes, and providing them with the mental training required to maximise performance.

Fully revised and updated, the third edition of Psychology in Sports Coaching clearly and accessibly introduces the principles and practice of sport psychology in the context of the coaching process. Drawing on the very latest research and theory, the book introduces the psychological tools and techniques that coaches can use to get the best performances out of their athletes. Including three new chapters on the constraints approach to assessing psychological needs, mental imagery, managing perfectionism tendencies, and mentoring leaders, the book also offers step-by-step guidance on key topics such as:

  • Assessing the needs of athletes
  • Facilitating awareness through goal setting and performance profiling
  • Coaching specialist populations effectively (e.g. children, adolescents, adults and athletes with learning disabilities)
  • Reducing favourable attitudes towards doping
  • Developing effective coach-athlete relationships
  • Reducing choking under pressure
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Mental imagery

Every chapter contains useful features to aid learning and understanding, including in-depth case studies, critical thinking questions, clear and concise summaries, and practice exam questions. Psychology in Sports Coaching is essential reading for any student of sports coaching, or any practising coach looking to extend and develop their skills, and useful applied reading for students of sport psychology.

chapter |6 pages


part 1|10 pages

Providing psychological training as a coach and mental health among athletes

chapter 1|3 pages

Do's and Don'ts for Coaches who Provide Sport Psychology to their Athletes

Ethics, referrals, and the HCPC

part 2|15 pages

Identifying the psychological needs of athletes

chapter 3|7 pages

Conducting Intake Interviews

part 3|22 pages

Facilitating awareness among athletes

chapter 5|10 pages

Goal Setting

chapter 6|10 pages

Performance Profiling

part 4|61 pages

Coaching different populations and providing psychological support to athletes with different needs

chapter 7|6 pages

Coaching Children

chapter 8|9 pages

Coaching Adolescents

chapter 9|10 pages

Coaching Adults

chapter 10|13 pages

Coaching Athletes with Learning Disabilities

part 5|76 pages

Relationships, support, and influence within coaching practice

part 6|79 pages

Mental skills training for athletes

chapter 21|12 pages

Mental Imagery

chapter 22|11 pages

Mental Toughness Training

chapter 23|13 pages

Maximising Sport-Confidence

chapter 24|14 pages

Coping Effectiveness Training

chapter 27|8 pages

Preventing Choking Under Pressure in Sport