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A Student Athlete's Guide to Success 3rd Edition

Trent A. Petrie, Douglas M. Hankes, Eric L. Denson

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2003, 1999
  • 352 Pages


Excellence in the classroom can be combined with excellence on the field. Help your students reach peak performance in class and in life with college success topic coverage that has a specific focus on the unique challenges facing student athletes.

Trent A. Petrie, University of North Texas

Dr. Petrie is currently a Professor in the department and the Director of the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence. In addition, from 1993 until 2006, he served as the Director of the Psychology 1000 Program, the university's student success and retention class. He is a licensed psychologist, a Certified Sport Consultant, a Fellow in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Petrie has authored/co-authored over 60 refereed research articles, book chapters, and books on topics ranging from academic success, to eating disorders, to sport injury, to sport psychology. He has also has given over 120 lectures or workshops at national and international conferences. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Petrie has been a long-time athlete and coach.

Douglas M. Hankes, Auburn University

Douglas M. Hankes completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1996. He is a licensed psychologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Doug returned to his alma mater, Auburn University, in 1998 after working at the University of Tennessee. He describes his therapy approach as mindfully eclectic and fosters a collaborative relationship with clients to promote change. He has been actively involved at the national level in sport and exercise psychology and has served on the Executive Boards of the American Psychological Association Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He also maintains a small private practice in Auburn working with U.S. Olympic Team members and professional athletes. He is a member of the NCAA Psychological Health Issues of Student-Athletes Committee, 2005-current; a Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology; and listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, 2008-2012.

Eric L. Denson, Western Washington University

Dr. Denson is currently Assistant Director, Student Counseling Center at Western Washington University. Prior to that he was a Psychologist, at the Student Counseling Center and prior to that Director, of the Student-Athlete Academic Services at the University of Washington from 1995-1997. Dr. Denson is a Doctor of Philosophy: Clinical Psychology in 1992 from the University of Washington. Dr. Denson is also widely published.
  • The Third Edition has been reorganized around four main areas: 1) Laying the Foundation for Success 2) Succeeding in the Classroom 3) Succeeding in Life and Relationships and 4) Succeeding on the Field.
  • It features an entirely new chapter on Becoming a Mentally Tough Athlete (Ch. 13). For decades, mental toughness has been viewed as an essential component of performance excellence. This special new chapter defines mental toughness, introducing students to the key characteristics that underlie it. The authors provide students with concrete mental skills that, if practiced and implemented, will help student athletes become mentally tougher competitors.
  • In addition, special design elements have been incorporated to encourage the active involvement of students as they read the material and complete exercises. New topics in the feature boxes are included in each chapter. The Third Edition addresses current topics such as managing social networking sites, credit cards, recovery from injury, and acceptable classroom behaviors.
  • At the beginning of each chapter, a story of a current student-athlete is presented to increase the relevance of the topics that will be covered. These stories speak to the very real issues that collegiate athletes face each day and serve to connect students to the concepts and strategies presented in the chapter.
  • Finally, in the section designated 'Post-Game Review', students are provided with a summary of the material covered in the chapter, which is an opportunity to consolidate what they have just learned.
  • Each chapter is organized around three ideas that are salient to athletes – Preparation, Performance, and Post-Game Review. Material presented in the sections designated "Preparation" provide background information on the topic or concepts covered. The "Performance" section introduces students to strategies for being more effective learners. The "Post-Game Review" section provides students with a summary of the material covered in the chapter, which is an opportunity to consolidate what they have just learned.
  • Each chapter contains a Self-Assessment and Review Questions. Self-Assessment exercises evaluate students' knowledge of the current topics and use of relevant strategies. Review Questions determine how well students have learned the material presented.
  • An abundance of both individual and group exercises throughout the text encourage students to be active learners.
  • Journal activities at the end of each chapter encourage students to reflect upon lessons of the chapter as well as their own personal development.
  • Goal-Setting exercises at the end of each chapter ask students to set realistic goals for improved performance both academically and athletically.
  • Throughout each chapter are inspirational quotes from current and past athletic champions that can serve as motivational tools.
1. Introduction: Values and Goals.
2. Learning Styles and Critical Thinking.
3. Managing your Time.
4. Motivation and Change.
5. Memory and Concentration.
6. Taking Notes and Being Prepared.
7. Studying Textbooks.
8. Taking Tests.
9. Communication and Diversity.
10. Health and Wellness.
11. Stress and Coping.
12. Careers.
13. Becoming a Mentally Tough Athlete.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133379516
  • ISBN-13: 9781133379515
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781439084458
A companion website provides students with the option to complete exercises online and to either print or email the completed exercise to their instructor.

College Success Factors Index 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111479695


College Success Factors Index 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111479695
Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and the areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in A STUDENT ATHLETE'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS, 3rd Edition.