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Scholar-Athlete: Introduction to Sport Psychology

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

The psychology of sport is the study of the interaction between psychological variables and performance in athletic and physical activities. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to psychological theory and practical skills that influence sport performances. Students will be encouraged to incorporate the personal significance of the course content to their athletic experiences.

This interactive course will encourage students to discover how psychological elements influence sport performance. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of sport psychology as well as the psychological skills and training techniques used to enhance athletic performance. This course is designed to help students learn and then apply practical and theoretical information to the psychology of sport. Topics will include but are not limited to: personality, self-confidence, motivation and goal-setting, anxiety and stress management, concentration and attention control, imagery and visualization, achievement and competition, sport leadership, burnout and overtraining, and group cohesion.

Learning goals of the course include:
• To learn important psychological theories that influence athletic performances;
• To understand select sport psychology techniques and their relevance to enhancing sport performances;
• To integrate personal relevance of the selected theories, techniques, and skills to one's own sport experiences.