16. Applied Sport Psychology

Beware the Sun, Icarus

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. Peter C. Terry PhD, FBASES, MAPS

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch16

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Terry, P. C. (2011) Applied Sport Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. University of Southern Queensland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • applied sport psychology - beware the Sun, Icarus;
  • athletes, those at the highest levels of competition - performances, influenced by psychological variables;
  • different approaches, by applied practitioners - promoting enhanced athletic performance via application of psychological techniques;
  • applied sport psychology - “Control the controllables,” a ubiquitous catchcry of contemporary sport psychologists, not a new principle;
  • birthplace of applied sport psychology - clouded by historical uncertainty, its recorded origins in Europe;
  • selected historical developments - in early years of sport psychology;
  • essential readings in sport and exercise psychology - edited by Dan Smith and Michael Bar-Eli in 2007, Trends And Key Developments In Applied Sport Psychology;
  • sport psychology, gaining global momentum over recent decades;
  • practitioner training and accreditation - trend in applied sport psychology, processes by which practitioners are trained and accredited;
  • clinical issues in applied sport psychology - recognition of incidence of mental health issues among athletes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Overview of Applied Sport Psychology

  • Trends and Key Developments in Applied Sport Psychology

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Applied Sport Psychology

  • Future Directions in Applied Sport Psychology

  • References