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Mind Games: Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks: An Insider's Guide to the Psychology of Elite Athletes

Mind Games: Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks: An Insider's Guide to the Psychology of Elite Athletes (Hardback)

By Vernon, Annie

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An authoritative exploration of the psychology of elite sport, written by an Olympic silver medallist and respected sports journalist. Throughout her career as one of the world's top athletes, Annie Vernon struggled with an existential question about the purpose of sport in our c... read full description below.

ISBN 9781472949110
Barcode 9781472949110
Published 3 June 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781472949110
ISBN-10 1472949110
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Sport
Publication Date 3 June 2019
International Publication Date 21 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Vernon, Annie
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Sociology: Leisure
Sports Psychology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 574g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Sports - Popular works - Psychological aspects
NBS Text General Sport & Fitness Training
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.019
Catalogue Code 986275

Description of this Book

An authoritative exploration of the psychology of elite sport, written by an Olympic silver medallist and respected sports journalist. Throughout her career as one of the world's top athletes, Annie Vernon struggled with an existential question about the purpose of sport in our comfortable, first-world society: why do we do it? What is it about our psyche that makes pushing the mind and body to their limits in order to win a foot race, a swimming race or a rowing race such a basic human desire? Having retired from competition, Annie decided to look for answers to these questions in the world of mind games. What is the psychology behind sport at an elite level? With Team GB recording its best-ever performances at the Rio Olympic Games, having come second in the medal table in consecutive games, the public is aware of elite sport and the techniques used by our sporting heroes more than ever. Whether it be performing under pressure, coping with nerves, teamwork, or building self-belief in the face of adversity, the methods that elite sports-people use are also relevant to everyday life. But sports psychology is still regarded as something of a mystery. How exactly do elite sports performers harness the power of their mind in pursuit of physical perfection? Through interviews with leading sports stars and the latest scientific research, Mind Games discusses elite sports psychology in a way that is interesting to the watching public, sports fans and sports-haters alike, with Annie drawing on her own first-hand experiences to walk them through this fascinating subject.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Mind Games is accessible to anyone who wants to delve into the mind of some of the world's sporting greats, and gain an insight into how they have dealt with issues such as pressure, success, failure and injury ... There is no better person to shed light on the fascinating subject of sports psychology than two-timed World Champion, Olympian and talented sports journalist, Annie Vernon * Chrissie Wellington OBE *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Annie Vernon is a former Olympic rower. She was a full-time athlete for eight years and in that time competed in six World Championships and two Olympic Games. She won gold at the 2007 and 2010 World Championships and silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Annie retired from elite sport in 2012 and is now a sports journalist and corporate speaker, regularly contributing to BBC Sport, The Times, Guardian, Sunday Times and Rowing & Regatta. She lives in Cornwall.

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