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    Exercise and Sport Psychology Resource Topic List

    There are many articles and books published on topics within exercise and sport psychology. However, in our work with students and athletes/clients it may be helpful to have articles and video clips that are not academic per se but more oriented towards the educated layperson and can be used as instructional tools and/or to make salient points in a meaningful fashion. In a discussion on depression, for example, a short video clip from Michael Phelps on his experiences with depression may be more powerful in connecting with a student/athlete than something we as a teacher/consultant may offer.

    Each topic listed below provides lists for Video Clips/Videos and Articles (magazine and Internet). Lists are intended to be fairly topic specific. Please note separate listing/web site for sports movies at the end, as well as more general sport psychology videos, which cover multiple topics listed below.

    For video clips, there may be multiple clips available on a given topic (such as Michael Phelps talking about depression – see Depression) – generally, only one example is provided but readers are encouraged to check out websites to see if other video clips are available which might be more suited for their needs if one provided below is not quite what you are looking for.


    • The Psych of the Fight  (Article discussing the different types of aggression seen in athletes as well as how to manage your own potential aggressive actions on the field)

    Anxiety (including stress)

    Arousal Regulation

    Attentional Control

    Burnout (including staleness and overtraining)

    Character Development








    Video Clips/Videos

    Articles (magazine and Internet)

    Eating Disorders

    Goal setting


    Injury Rehabilitation


    Mental Toughness



    Resilience (including grit and perseverance)


    Team Dynamics

    1. An article discussing a theory on the perfect team dynamic as well as the perfect composition of players on a team : https://www.athleteassessments.com/sports-team-chemistry-team-dynamics/
    2. A follow up article to the link pasted above (this article explains in more detail each style of player/personality when it comes to sports) : https://www.athleteassessments.com/team-tension-among-disc-styles/

    Youth Sports

    1. brief overview of why sports psychology is useful for youth sports : https://www.mentaltoughnesstrainer.com/sports-psychology-youth-sports/
    2. The benefits of kids participating in sports : https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-moment-youth/201201/the-psychology-youth-sports

    COVID-19 & Sports + Mental Health :

    1. High School Athletes Experiencing Increased Anxiety caused by pandemic : https://www.wpr.org/high-school-athletes-experiencing-increased-anxiety-depression-during-pandemic-study-shows
    2. NCAA on their survey of athletes mental health during pandemic : http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/ncaa-student-athlete-covid-19-well-being-study
    3. CDC resources to help alleviate stress or cope with stress : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
    4. COVID-19 Lockdown and sports + anxiety (Mitch’s Article!): https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-and-sports-how-reduce-anxiety

    Sports Movies

    Note excellent work by Sam Forlenza ([email protected]) on movies with sport psychology concepts:


         Also check extensive list:

    Kornspan, A. S., & Sachs, M. L. (2018). Reading list in applied sport psychology: Psychological skills training (Appendix J). In K. L. Burke, M. L. Sachs, & R. Tomlinson, Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology (12th ed.) (pp. 339-361). Indianapolis, IN: Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

    General Sport Psychology Videos

    Kornspan, A. S., Lantz, C., Lerner, B. S., Johnson, S. R., & Smisson, C. P. (2018). Reference list of mental training/sport psychology videos (Appendix K). In K. L. Burke, M. L. Sachs, & R. Tomlinson, Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology (12th ed.) (pp. 362-377). Indianapolis, IN: Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

    Thank to the following individuals who contributed to this list:

    Alessandro Quartiroli

    Joseph F. Salwan

    List developed by Emily Lorry, Michael Sachs, and Mitchell Greene.

    Have a resource you'd like to add? Email e[email protected].