CERTIFICATE IN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY. LEVEL 1.

“GOLD MEDALS AREN’T REALLY MADE OF GOLD. THEY’RE MADE OF SWEAT, DETERMINATION, AND A HARD-TO-FIND ALLOY CALLED GUTS.”

–DAN GABLE

Sports psychology is one of the fastest-growing fields within competitive sport. We have only recently begun to realize the importance as well as powerful benefits associated with understanding and mastering the mind. Unquestionably, the mental component of sport is invariably important. The difference between winning and losing often comes down to the mental toughness of the athlete. According to Scott Goldman, Ph.D., director of clinical and sports psychology at the University of Arizona “Everyone is trying to figure out how to maximize talent” That means finding an edge that goes beyond being in top physical form. “We believe the field really is performance psychology,” says Mark Aoyagi, Ph.D., director of sport and performance psychology at the University of Denver. “This isn’t specific to sports, even though it developed from sports.”

This course is a scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sports activities. Emphasis will be placed on how psychological principles, theories, and research can be used to understand and enhance sports performance from a practical viewpoint. Topics will include historical and theoretical perspectives of sport psychology, and the relationship between sports performance and various personality, motivational, and social psychological variables.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Describe, discuss, apply, and evaluate the major theories of psychology within the context of sport and exercise.
  • Understand the relationship between personality and sports performance.
  • Give examples of the way motivation can affect sports performance.
  • Reliably demonstrate how aggression impacts sports performance.
  • Identify the impact of arousal and anxiety on sports performance.
  • The ability to apply basic sports psychology strategies
  • Describe a range of theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain behaviour.

COURSE CONTENT:

  • What is sport psychology?
  • Theories of performance
  • Origins of Sports Psychology
  • Assessment of athletes
  • Skills of a Sports Psychologist
  • Motivation theories
  • Burnout
  • Excellence in coaching
  • Arousal and Performance
  • Mental conditioning
  • Goal setting
  • Mental Rehearsal.
  • The Relationship between Anxiety and Performance.