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date: 18 October 2019

Cognitive-Behavioral Theory in Sport and Performance Psychology 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Faye F. DidymusFaye F. Didymus

The aim of this article is to provide an accessible overview of cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT) and its application to sport and performance contexts. Specifically, the article explores the cognitive-behavioral model of psychopathology and the underpinning theory of the cognitive-behavioral model. Next, underpinning assumptions and basic principles of CBT are discussed before cognitive restructuring is explored as a tool for implementing CBT. A review of how CBT has been applied to sport and performance psychology follows. Attention then turns to rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) with an emphasis on its application to sport and performance psychology. Despite there being many cognitive-behavioral approaches that are relevant in sport and performance domains (e.g., mindfulness-based interventions; see, for a review, ... ...

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