Psychology of Sport

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Sport

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Psychology, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    36 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the influence of social psychological variables on participation and performance in sport and exercise, and the influence of that participation on the psychological characteristics of participants.

    Course Structure
    This course covers six modules/topics:
    -Introduction to the psychology of sport
    -Understanding participants in sport
    -Understanding sport environments
    -Understanding group and team processes
    -Enhancing performance; mental skills training
    -Facilitating psychological growth and development

    Learning Outcomes
    -Understand how social psychological variables influence participation and performance in sport settings
    -Understand how participation in sport influences the psychological development of the individual player/participant
    -Acquire practical skills and knowledge about sport psychology that you can apply as a teacher, coach, fitness instructor or sports person

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