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Key Concepts in Sport Psychology provides a focused, accurate guide for students working within the dynamic field of sport psychology.

The concise and authoritative entries have been selected by experienced teachers and researchers; each one defines, explains and develops a key topic in sport psychology acting as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is a stimulating and practical resource for students defined by the clarity of writing and relevant examples.

Each concept gives the student:

clear definitions; up-to-date suggestions for further reading; careful cross-referencing

Easy to use and intelligently judged this book offers the modern student the basic materials, tools and guidance for planning essays and passing exams.

Achievement Goal Theory
Achievement goal theory

As psychologists have become increasingly interested in cognitive approaches to understanding motivation, so Achievement Goal Theory (AGT) has emerged to play a prominent role in the contemporary sport psychology literature and is now one of the most popular theories applied in this context (Roberts et al., 2007). In contrast with many other models and theories that only highlight the positive side of intrinsic motivation, AGT instead makes a distinction between types of motives or goal orientations that could be either harmful or helpful.

As with many motivational models the origins of this ...

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