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PSY407 : Sport Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Sport Psychology focuses on the principles and guidelines that professionals may use to help adults and children who participate in and benefit from sport and exercise activities in both team and individual environments. Description of fundamental notions of arousal and stress in sports and exercise, how psychological factors affect an individual''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s physical performance and how participation in sport and exercise affects a person''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s psychological development, health and well-being are the basic ingredients of this course. Further Sport Psychology deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance. Some of the most important skills taught are goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, concentration, confidence and attribution training.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Conceptualize how sport psychology can be employed to maximize performance
  • Profile athletes’ motor skill and cognitive abilities and identify their implications on sports performance
  • Reflect upon motivational psychology as applied to sports activities and evaluate various aspects of psychological skills training
  • Identify and apply ethical principles in a professional manner
  • Explain group mechanisms and group psychology in a sports context
  • Appraise and analyze areas of special focus in relation to sport psychology, for example, burn out, athletic injuries and drug abuse.

Course Calendar

Sport Psychology Defined1Handouts1-3
Self-Confidence And Sport Psychology2Handouts4-6
Selecting Self-Talk Statements3Handouts7-9
Goal Orientation4Handouts10-12
Causal Attribution In Sport5Handouts13-14
Causal Attributions In Competitive Situations6Handouts15-17
Motivation In Sport7Handouts18-20
Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience8Handouts21-23
Principles Of Effective Goal Setting9Handouts24-26
A Team Approach To Setting Goals10Handouts27-29
Youth Sport11Handouts30-32
Assignment 01
Attention And Concentration In Sport12Handouts33-35
Attention And Concentration In Sport13Handouts36-38
Personality And The Athlete14Handouts39-41
Personality And The Athlete15Handouts42-44
Personality And The Athlete16Handouts45-48
Situational Factors Related To Anxiety And Mood17Handouts49-51
Quiz 01
Anxiety, Arousal, And Stress Relationships18Handouts52-54
Anxiety, Arousal, And Stress Relationships19Handouts55-57
Alternatives To Inverted-U Theory20Handouts58-59
Coping Strategies In Sport21Handouts60-62
Relaxation Strategies For Sport22Handouts63-64
Grand Quiz
Arousal Energizing Strategies23Handouts65-66
Arousal Energizing Strategies24Handouts67-68
Quiz 02
The Role Of Hypnosis In Sport28Handouts76-77
The Role Of Hypnosis In Sport29Handouts78-80
Psychological Skills Training30Handouts81-82
Psychological Skills Training31Handouts83-84
Ethics In Sport Psychology32Handouts85-86
Aggression And Violence In Sport33Handouts87-88
Aggression And Violence In Sport34Handouts89-90
Audience And Crowd Effects In Sports35Handouts91-92
Team Cohesion In Sport36Handouts93-94
Team Cohesion In Sport37Handouts95-96
Leadership In Sport38Handouts97-98
Exercise Psychology39Handouts99-100
Exercise Psychology40Handouts101-102
Exercise Psychology41Handouts103-104
Exercise Psychology42Handouts105-107
Burnout in Athletes43Handouts108-110
The Psychology of Athletic Injuries44Handouts111-113
Drug Abuse in Sport and Exercise45Handouts114-115
Final Term Examination
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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