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Psychology in Football: Working with Elite and Professional Players

Psychology in Football: Working with Elite and Professional Players [Kindle Edition]

Mark Nesti
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"Psychology In Football is a fantastic book for helping those who want to work in football understand the reality of the job. The text outlines the variety of areas a sport psychologist can impact within this unique high pressure environment. It highlights the importance of appreciating a range of psychological approaches, such as organisational, counselling and mental skills training", Clive Reeves, performance coach, Fulham Football Club

"This is a most refreshing book, clear in content and applied focus. It is also a rare opportunity for sport psychologists, students, trainees or applied consultants to have an insight into the workings of elite professional football, but viewed from perspectives they might not ordinarily find in sport psychology literature or ‘applied’ textbooks ... There should not be a university teaching sport science or sport psychology without a copy, nor should there be a Premiership or Championship manager that hasn’t flicked through its pages at some time", Phil Johnson, chartered sport and exercise psychologist and UEFA coach.

"Dr. Nesti has done a remarkable job of capturing the real world of an applied sport psychologist working with professional athletes. Full of insights and observations only available at the front lines of applied work. A must read for any sport psychologist or student aspiring to work in this world", Dr Sean McCann, senior sport psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

"Mark Nesti is outstanding in the field of sport psychology, and illustrates all the key points to achieve good results as a performance coach. Psychology in football has been extremely important and still has a high value for me working with both staff and players in team sports. I would highly recomend the book", Cecilie Ystenes, performance coach, Vålerenga FC, Norway

"This is a thought provoking and important book about the ‘mental world’ within football, but also about how sport psychologists need to be reflective and mindful about their own position and approach in order to make a difference within the world of performance", Anne Marte Pensgaard, professor in sport psychology at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, head of sport psychology services at the Norwegian Olympic Training Center, and sport psychologist for Norwegian Premier League football club Tromsø IL.

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Psychology in Football is a detailed guide to delivering sport psychology in an elite team sport environment, from practical drills on the training field to shaping organisational behaviour at club level. The book is illustrated throughout with real-world case studies, drawing on research into sixteen professional clubs across five European countries, and concludes by suggesting how other elite team sports can learn from the experiences of professional football.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (17 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UNL8DC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By acm503
I read this book whilst studying for a Masters degree in Sport Psychology, and I have an academic background in Psychology. "Psychology in Football" is a great place to start for those interested in persuing a career in sport psychology. This book would be an interesting and insightful read for, amongst others, students of sport psychology at undergraduate or masters level, academic researchers, applied sport psychologists or coaches and performers from a range of sports.

It is fair to say that many students of sport psychology would dream of working in Premiership football, and Mark Nesti is one of very few sport psychologists to offer lengthy experience working in this role. Whilst providing insights in to the demanding and often brutal world of professional football, Nesti discusses and reflects upon his experiences of delivering sport psychology in a volatile and performance-driven environment. His arguments are clear and well-formulated, and are backed up by a wealth of literature from a range of disciplines that include sport psychology, psychology, philosophy and business. This book offers advice at the personal level for how to apply sport psychology effectively, but also ethically and with integrity.

Mark Nesti practices an existential-phenomenological framework. His previous book ([ASIN:0415393248 Existential Psychology and Sport: Implications for Research and Practice]]) provided a detailed account of the existential approach, driven by an extensive review of the underlying literature from philosophy. "Psychology in Sport" offers an easier to digest account of HOW a sport psychologist can apply an existential framework, with examples based upon his own experiences delivering a sport psychology service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sport Psychology in Football: Mark Nesti 1 Dec 2011

Phil Johnson C. Psychol
Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist; Dip Psych Football.

Routledge Taylor Francis 2010

This is a most refreshing book, in its content and its clear applied focus. It is also a rare opportunity for sport psychologists, students, trainees or applied consultants to have an insight into the workings of elite professional football, but viewed from perspectives they might not ordinarily find in sport psychology literature or `applied' textbooks. Mark Nesti is Reader in Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, and communicates 15 years experience working in Premiership football, some achievement in itself!

The book is not about applying mental skills training, but how a sport psychologist practicing existential psychology, in tandem with organizational psychology, has helped structure an approach to sport psychology support, that has more focus on creating the right environment for performance, rather than target the performers exclusively. In considering group cohesion, dynamics, values, philosophy, communications, transitions, identity, team building, supporting the support staff, this is no conventional applied sport psychology text. Dealing with topics less common to sport psychology practice such as spirituality, and religion, within a multicultural team ethos, and how existential approaches facilitate self-development and community, are features that spark the imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 12 July 2010
One of the best books I have read on Psychology in Professional sport, let alone just football. Mark Nesti describes many aspects that would take years of experience to learn in this superb resource. A must read for any one thinking of working in Professional Football
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