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date: 21 August 2019

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In this chapter, we explore various understandings of the body, including philosophical perspectives and information from cognitive science. Following a theoretical overview, we give examples of how an integrated, somatic approach to perceiving the body can be applied in sport and performance psychology. Much of sport and performance psychology seems to rely on both dualistic and cognitive approaches to understanding human behavior. We suggest that the perspective gained from the integration of thinking, feeling, and acting can enhance both research and application in the field. We offer specific examples of somatic practices that can be used in sport and performance interventions.

Keywords: Body, somatics, sport, performance, psychology

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