An in-depth examination of the role social psychological variables play in participation and performance in sport. Principles and application of Mental Skills Training to enhance performance are also considered.
SPEX 304 provides the theoretical and empirical evidence that underpins sport psychology practice. The importance of psychological factors in sport is widely recognised by athletes and coaches. This paper will explore, in depth, important psychological concepts that influence participation and performance in sport. It will also explore some of the effects participation in sport has on psychological responses. These psychological concepts will be explored from a theoretical perspective with critical analysis of the sport psychology literature. Specifically, the origins of sport psychology and the research methods used to build the sport psychology evidence base are discussed. Then drawing on this evidence base, the concepts of motivation, anxiety and stress, self-confidence, concentration/attention and immoral behaviour will be examined.
|Paper title||Sport Psychology|
|Subject||Sport, Physical Education and Exercise|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,820.40|
- SPEX 204 or PHSE 205
- PHSE 334, PHSE 534
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
Professor Ken Hodge (email@example.com)
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Ken Hodge
There is no compulsory textbook. A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online and through course reserve in the library.
- Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
- An in-depth understanding of theory and current research evidence relating to the psychological factors important to participation and performance in sport
- An in-depth understanding of how the sporting environment influences the psychological outcomes experienced by athletes
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Suitable for students interested in the psychology of sport, social psychology, sport coaching, physical education, sport and exercise science.
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- Paper Structure
The paper covers six topics:
- Introduction to the origins of sport psychology and research methods employed
- Motivation for sport
- The relationship between performance and stress and anxiety
- Attention and concentration
- Aggression and immoral behaviour
- Teaching Arrangements
Tutorial attendance is compulsory.