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Author’s Note:
When I began teaching Sport Psychology at the high school level, I drew content from many sources. I already held a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, had been a competitive athlete, and had been coaching Track & Field and Cross-Country for six years. This background of academic study and personal experience formed the foundation from which to create this course. I built onto this foundation by reading many books (see below). The best and most readily applicable information from all of these sources was condensed, rearranged, and tweaked. As is true with any creative endeavor (because teaching is an art form), the content from these sources was inevitably imprinted with my own personality, style, and experience, thus becoming a new creature.

I must give special thanks to Coach Jeff Arbogast of Bingham High School, Utah, for implanting in me the idea of starting a Sport Psychology class and sharing his resources with me (see the reference below).

Allsen, P. E. (1996). Strength Training: Beginners, Body Builders and Athletes, Second Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Arbogast, J. (Feb. 16, 2001). Peripheral Coaching Concerns and Cornerstone Training of the High School Distance Athlete. Coaches’ Clinic at the 2001 Simplot Games, Pocatello, ID, Red Lion Inn.

Godin, S. (2007). The Dip: The little book that teaches you when to quit and when to stick. New York: Portfolio

Goldberg, A. S. (1997). Sports Slump Busting. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

James, E. L. (1005). The New Toughness Training for Sports. New York: Plume Press.

LeUnes, A., Nation, J. R. (2002). Sport Psychology, Third Edition Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning.

Orlick, T. (2000). In Pursuit of Excellence, Third Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Tutko, T., Tosi, U. (1976). Sports Psyching: Playing Your Best Game All of the Time. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.

Utah High School Activities Association. (2005). Sportsmanship Handbook: An In-depth Guide for Administrators, Coaches, Players, and Fans, Version III

Vernachia, R., McGuire, & R. T., Cook, D. L. (1996). Coaching Mental Excellence. Portola Valley, CA: Warde Publishers, Inc.

Williams, J. M. (Ed.) (2001). Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance, Fourth Edition. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co.

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