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About the Author

Amy L Baltzell, Ed.D. directs the sport psychology program and is a professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Her academic credentials include a bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University of Connecticut (1987), a master's in counselling (1996) from Boston University, and a doctorate in counselling psychology, specialising in sport psychology, from Boston University in 1999.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Fitness Info Tech,West Virginia University (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935412094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935412090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book introduces key concepts in sport psychology and positive psychology in an approachable way.
Melmybelle
Dr. Baltzell's expertise on the topic is apparent as she provides important concepts, insights, and practical strategies to successfully optimize performance.
Gerald Reid
Easy to read, lots of wonderful personal stories to illustrate ideas, a great book, highly recommended!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Reid on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Living in the Sweet Spot is a valuable resource! Dr. Baltzell's expertise on the topic is apparent as she provides important concepts, insights, and practical strategies to successfully optimize performance. Readers can also gain perspective on obtaining a sense of satisfaction, enjoyment, and fulfillment in sport and life. Living in the Sweet Spot provides a unique balance of presenting:

- A breadth of research-based concepts and information.
- Specific insights from Dr. Baltzell's personal experiences including her own experiences and successes as an elite athlete and in her sport psychology practice.
- Practical exercises, strategies, and techniques to put it all to use.

Living in the Sweet Spot starts with foundational 'building blocks' that set a solid mental and emotional foundation. Day to day concepts, strategies, and exercises are included to prepare the reader to put their own optimal performance in motion; leading all the way up to the day of performance. The book is well organized and will keep you engaged throughout the read. Dr. Baltzell ties it all together by connecting with the reader through the personable and empowering style in which this book is written.

This is a unique book in that Dr. Baltzell makes the connection between aspects of positive psychology and performance enhancement. This book was a true joy to read; Dr. Baltzell clearly has envisioned and formulated a useful, insightful, and practical process for getting the most out of your performances and experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grace Novacek, Collegiate Volleyball Player on April 17, 2012
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As a collegiate level volleyball player entering my last season, "Living in the Sweet Spot" taught me how to empower my thinking process and was the tool that I needed to learn coping skills and gain a perspective that I wish I had a long time ago. Now, I wish I had 10 volleyball seasons left, instead of just one. This book would be beneficial to athletes of any age, and even retired athletes that are searching for a sense of peace. Currently, a prevalent issue in athletics is the tendency of an athlete to have negative associations with their sport. Coaches, teammates, and even the athlete can make these negative feelings and emotions at an all-time high. The positive mindset that this book has the power to instill in readers is of great value. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their mental skills in order to gain success in athletics and, more importantly, gain happiness in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carna Zacharias-Miller on August 30, 2013
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This is a comprehensive and educational book about sports and performance psychology. It explains why we are the way we are when we are training or competing and shows ways to improve negative mental and emotional patterns.

I do energy work with dancers for peak performance and liked how this book focusses not just on the ambition to win but on the overall wellness of the competitors.

It did not quite live up to its subtitle since it was really mostly about athletes and not much about "Life" and, other than a few musicians, not at all about other performers, like dancers or actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melmybelle on February 1, 2012
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Living in the Sweet Sport is a fantastic resource for athletes and coaches to bring out the most enjoyment of sport participation. While most of the examples are sport or performing arts related, the concepts could apply to anyone in a high pressure job. The book introduces key concepts in sport psychology and positive psychology in an approachable way. The combination of exercises, explanation, tips, and stories ensures there is something for every reader to connect with to enable him/her to apply these skills to his/her daily practices and performance. It's easy for people to get caught up in daily intensity and this book helps provide perspective and useful reminders for participants about why they play. Personally, I found the guided self-reflective questions and exercises extremely helpful. By keeping the "why" in mind, and by arming readers with the questions to ask themselves, Baltzell is empowering people to fully experience all aspects of participation and allow them to thrive. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be liberated from the feelings of daily pressure.
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