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Vernacchia, Ralph A. 1945-

Overview
Works: 16 works in 36 publications in 1 language and 575 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Academic theses  Life skills guides  Interviews  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: GV711, 796.077
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Ralph A Vernacchia
 
Most widely held works by Ralph A Vernacchia
Coaching mental excellence : it does matter whether you win or lose by Ralph A Vernacchia( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Case studies in applied sport psychology : an educational approach( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expert approaches to sport psychology : applied theories of performance excellence( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen sports psychologists each share their autobiographical sketch, theory of performance excellence, theory of performance breakdowns, consulting process, unique features, a case study, references and/or recommended readings
Inner strength : the mental dynamics of athletic performance by Ralph A Vernacchia( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The psychology of high-performance track and field by Ralph A Vernacchia( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Case profiles of track athletes by Ralph A Vernacchia( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effects of imagery and positive self-review on the performance of intercollegiate basketball players by Jonathan Rylaarsdam( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coaches frequently seek new methods to improve performance. The mental skills training of imagery combined with positive self-review has emerged as a possible device to improve athletic performance. This study was designed to examine the effectiveness of imagery and positive self-review on basketball game performance. Four male intercollegiate basketball players were chosen to participate in a single-subject, multiple baseline across subjects design. Baseline percentages of correct performance were compared to post-intervention percentages. Evidence indicated that the intervention was effective across all four participants. Results indicated a mean Win Score (Berri, Schmidt, & Brooks, 2006) increase of .74 across the four athletes. Social validation was also evaluated through exit questionnaires. All of the participants indicated that they enjoyed the intervention and felt that it improved their overall performance
The influence of mental toughness on the performance of elite intercollegiate athletes by Kelly A Jones( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research on mental toughness has gained momentum in the past decade, yet there is still a need for exploration of the topic and definition, especially from a developmental perspective. This study explored the influence of mental toughness on the performance of elite intercollegiate athletes by considering the mental skills athletes used to achieve success in their sport; consideration was also paid to the developmental aspects of the athletes. This study utilized both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 NCAA Division II All-American athletes using pre-determined questions related to the following content categories: developmental aspects, peak performance and flow, general performance characteristics, mental toughness, confidence, achievement motivation and passion for sport, coping with adversity, and performing effectively under pressure. Content analysis identified 418 raw data themes, from which 68 general themes were identified. Further content analysis resulted in 28 emergent themes which were grouped into the following umbrella categories: experiences, motivation, cognitive processes, success related mental skills, and mental toughness attributes. Several developmental aspects, mental skills, and mental toughness attributes were discovered as universal to all or the majority of the athletes who were interviewed. Based on the content analysis results, a definition for mental toughness is proposed. The athletes were also administered the Athletic Coping Skills Inventory - 28 as a quantitative measure of the mental skills used to achieve success in sport. The results obtained from this inventory were used in a descriptive manner. As a group, the athletes scored highest on the subscales of confidence and achievement motivation, coachability, and concentration. There was considerable variation between the athletes with regard to total scores obtained from the inventory
The effects of a life skills program on the social and academic performance of freshman student-atheltes by Catherine N Rasnack( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of participation in a Life Skills program for freshman student-athletes on academic and social performance. Subjects (n = 38) were freshman student-athletes participating in varsity athletics at Western Washington University during Fall Quarter 2010. The treatment group (n = 21) met for one hour, twice a week and completed a Life Skills Seminar Course (LSSC) designed and taught by the researcher. Subjects completed both the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ) and the College Self-Efficacy Inventory (CSEI) at the beginning and conclusion of the course. A two-way ANOVA between-within was used to analyze adjustment and self-efficacy outcomes and means of the fall quarter grade point average were calculated and compared for both the treatment and the control group. No statistically significant interactions were found between time (pre- or post-measures) or groups (treatment and control) of student-athlete adaptation to college as measured by the SACQ or student-athlete college self-efficacy as measured by the College Self-Efficacy Inventory CSEI. No significant relationship between the grade point average (GPA) of the two groups was found although the GPA for seminar participants was 2.98, which was .35 points higher than the GPA for the control group participants. Despite no significant relationships in the measures, student-athletes reported on the effectiveness of participation in the LSSC through evaluations and described the course content as being beneficial to their general knowledge
Leadership characteristics of successful NCAA Division I track and field head coaches by Brian M Zuleger( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study was to investigate the leadership characteristics of successful NCAA Division I track and field head coaches through specific elements of leadership and coaching. The elements include integrity, communication, understanding of human behavior, knowledge of sport, commitment, styles, team building, team cohesion, and gender differences and the role they play in contributing to the development of a student-athlete's athletic and academic performance. This study utilized an inductive content analysis of coach case interviews. The in-depth interviews of 10 successful NCAA Division I track and field head coaches consisted of probing questions regarding the coaches' perception, insights, and thoughts of leadership as a coach and its connection with the development of successful student-athletes from an academic and athletic perspective. The content analysis identified 1353 raw data descriptors and 556 raw data responses, from which arose the following four emergent themes: coaching development, coaching considerations, components of successful leadership, and characteristics of successful leaders. Athlete centered leadership was the most commonly cited sub-theme of components of successful leadership style. This sub-theme was mentioned in nine of the questions and was most commonly cited in the question referring to establishing relationships and providing support for the athletes. Integrity and effective communication were the two most often cited themes that emerged as characteristics of successful leaders. Passion for sport and for helping others was another characteristic of successful leaders that emerged. The need to be adaptable as a leader emerged as a characteristic of successful leaders. In the sport of track and field where the makeup of the team consists of multiple different people and personalities among the various event groups and even within those specific events groups
The effects of a goal setting program on the exercise commitment and fitness levels of university students by Rahmin Buckman( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects a goal setting program had on exercise commitment and aerobic fitness among university students. Obesity and a lack of sufficient physical activity continue to be a problematic and increasing epidemic in the United States. Some theorists have utilized goal setting as an intervention to increase commitment effectiveness of exercise participants. In the current study, a two-way between-within experimental design was utilized involving two separate physical education activity classes (beginning jogging) at Western Washington University. One of the classes (experimental group) underwent a goal setting program consisting of educational, constructive, and evaluative components aimed to pursue a self-selected aerobic fitness goal while the other class (control group) did not. Components of exercise commitment and aerobic fitness level measurements were taken at the onset and again at the termination of the goal setting implementation. Upon computing 11 separate two-way between-within ANOVAs and effect sizes, the results produced little statistical significances and effects. However, the results of this study revealed several practical trends related to exercise commitment and physical activity. Findings and considerations for future direction are provided in hopes that further research and practical methods regarding goal setting, exercise commitment, and fitness level can be improved upon
A comparison of selected physiological and psychological variables with performance in track running by Ralph A Vernacchia( )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dr. David Clay Large : Western Reads interview : April 23, 2015 by David Clay Large( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ralph Vernacchia talks with author David Clay Large about his book "Nazi Games, the Olympics of 1936" in terms of the political and social history behind the Berlin Olympics. They also discuss how influential these games were in terms of their organization, advertisement and usage of media, and the key role Avery Brundage played regarding the US participation in them
Sports sociology in perspective( Recording )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burnout in coaching by Ralph A Vernacchia( Recording )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Vernacchia talks on "Understanding and managing coaching stress."
 
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