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Managing Performance Stress

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. What is Stress? Signs of Stress: Different Perspectives. Sources of Stress. What is Performance? Skilled Behavior. Assessment and Evaluation of Performance. Performance and Self-perceptions. Stress as an Inhibitor or Enhancer of Performance. The Assessment of Stress Reactions. Cognition and Cognitive Style. Cognitive Stress Management Techniques: Planning and Understanding Cognitive Strategies. Relaxation Techniques. Biofeedback Training, Chemical Interventions, and Nutritional Considerations. Exercise. Epilogue. References.

About the Author

David Pargman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at Florida State University. Prior to his thirty-one years of service at FSU, he taught on the faculty at Boston University and the City College of New York. Dr. Pargman is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology and the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant, the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Pargman has taught, advised, or counseled hundreds of individuals in various performance domains.


"Dr. Pargman is a pioneering writer in the field of arousal and performance in sports. He provides a wonderful overview of this field and helpful interventions which can help performers and their coaches and mentors get the most out of their talents." - Ian Tofler, MD, Chair of the Sport Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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