Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology

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Sports Psychology

Sports psychology is the study of the interaction between a person’s psychology and their participation in sport. Singer (1978) defined it as “the science of psychology applied to sport”. Whilst the field of psychology is relatively young, sports psychology is even younger. The field of sports psychology has much to offer, carrying out useful research that can be made available to athletes and coaches.

In professional or competitive sport, this study is important because:

  • A person’s psychology or state of mind can have a significant effect upon their sporting performance.

The selection of competitors for elite sport is influenced by an assessment of their individual psychology, as well as other factors such as recent performance and fitness.

Sports psychologists provide two major types of services 

  • Counselling -in areas that affect the athlete

  • Strategies that enhance performance

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Psychological Traits of Successful Athletes
  3. Anxiety & Arousal, Anxiety, Physiology of Anxiety, Psychology of Anxiety, Arousal, How to Maximise Psychological State, Focusing (or Centering).
  4. Motivation
  5. Aggression
  6. Leadership & Coaching
  7. Team Dynamics
  8. Special Groups

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