Introduction to Sport Psychology
The module will examine the relationship between the mind and the body, the role of the sport psychologist and the route to becoming a sport and exercise psychologist.
Students will approach the different ways there are to motivate teams, individuals and coaches. The various theories of motivation and their relation to performance will be examined. Methods of measuring & increasing motivation will be assessed. The module will also examine the value of material reward in the world of sport.
Imagery and Mental Rehearsal
Various forms of imagery and mental rehearsal, and their role in athletic preparation will be examined. The student will study the role, value and effectiveness of mental rehearsal and visualisation in sport in relation to different tasks facing both the individual and team performers.
Stress and Anxiety
This module will investigate sources, symptoms and causes of anxiety and stress in athletes, and how such emotions can affect performance. Ways of measuring anxiety will be outlined. Methods of controlling emotions both before and during performance will be discussed.
A number of facets of goal setting will be covered, including how to set goals, why goal setting is important in sport and there will be an exploration of techniques/approaches used in applied settings to set goals.
Concentration and Attention
The differences between these constructs will be outlined, and methods of testing and training these skills will be discussed. In particular, differences in concentration type and level required for various sports will be examined. Expert-novice differences in these skills will be highlighted.
This module will examine theories of self confidence, including sources of confidence for athletes, ways of measuring it, and methods of improving it. The dangers inherent in engaging in sport fulltime will also be discussed.Self -talk and the ability to control and regulate thoughts will be outlined also.
Specific Issues in Team Sports
Although all modules will involve discussion of topics surrounding both team and individual sports, this module will assess team-specific issues such as group cohesion, leadership, relationship management and the home advantage phenomenon. Discussion of issues specifically relating to team sports will constitute two modules.
Psychological Disorders in Sport
Issues such as depression and substance abuse and their prevalence amongst sporting populations will be explored.The area of athletic retirement and the challenges inherent in this will also be examined.