Working Out
The Psychology of Sport and Exercise
by Justine J. Reel
May 2015, 231pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-677-7
$41, £31, 35€, A59
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The growth of competitive sport has spawned increased interest in sport psychology.

Written by a leading expert in the field of sport science, this motivational text provides a thorough overview of fitness and exercise psychology as it relates to everyday life.

A title in the Psychology of Everyday Life series, this unique book addresses the connections between sport and exercise psychology and life outside of competitive endeavors—from definitions, theories, and applications to the real-life issues affecting athletes. It provides an accessible overview of sport and exercise psychology that enables readers to apply effective sport performance and exercise psychology concepts to their own lives, regardless of whether they pursue athletic endeavors or not. Covering topics that range from goalsetting to motivation to personality, this book can also serve to inspire readers to create a personal activity program based on achievable goals and realistic expectations, regardless of starting point or desired outcomes.

Author Justine J. Reel shares fascinating insights into the world of physical fitness and its associated behaviors, including why athletes who adopt a task-oriented approach will show a stronger work ethic and more motivation than athletes who focus on outcomes, what is prompting the spread of sport psychology to other parts of the world, why more and more athletes are at risk for developing eating disorders, and who social physique anxiety afflicts. The book also presents various viewpoints and debates on current controversies in the field of sport and exercise.


  • Illustrates sport and exercise psychology's growth across the globe through fascinating historical perspectives
  • Discusses the factors impacting body image and associated issues, including eating disorders and social physique anxiety
  • Demonstrates multiple sides of controversies within sport and exercise
  • Features case studies related to sport and exercise psychology to show real-life connections
  • Includes a helpful glossary that defines unfamiliar and technical terms
Justine J. Reel, PhD, is associate dean of research and innovation and professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was formerly faculty at the University of Utah. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention as well as Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image. She is certified as an Association for Applied Sport Psychology Consultant (CC-AASP) and Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Reel holds a doctorate in exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


"[T]his is an accessible, relevant review of the most salient topics on the subject. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; students in technical programs; professionals."—Choice, May 2, 2016
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