Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sports Psychology

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will overview the major key concepts, the major empirical themes and the contribution of psychology to our understanding of sports performance in human behaviour. Study-unit content will be divided into a number of topics including: an introduction to sport and exercise psychology, psychological benefits of exercise, arousal, stress and anxiety; arousal regulation; concentration; imagery; dealing with injuries; burnout and overtraining; goal-setting; eating disorders and weight management in athletes and students, motivation, personality in sports, self-confidence, communication skills, leadership, team dynamics, team cohesion, behavioural principles, aggression, women in sport, psychological effects of excessive exercise etc.

Practical sessions will also take place. Videos and dvds will also be used to elaborate on certain subjects. The study-unit will also draw upon the students’ experiences of sport and exercise to help provide a specific frame of reference for the study of human behaviour in sports.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit intends to provide students with foundation knowledge and skills in selected areas of sports and exercise psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate awareness of the key concepts which affect performance in sport;
- Show an ability to think in theoretical terms and to critically evaluate psychology theory and research findings relevant to sport psychology;
- Apply theoretical perspectives from sport psychology in real world contexts.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply mental skills in their everyday life;
- Enhance athletes performance through the use of mental skills;
- Help athletes learn how to apply mental skills in their everyday life;
- Demonstrate better psychological characteristics and coping skills in their life.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- Weinberg R. and Gould D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology 6th Edition with Web Study Guide. Champaign: Human Kinetics.
- Nesti, M. (2010) Psychology in Football. Working with Elite and Professional Players. London: Routledge.
- Collins, D., Abbot, A. and Richards, R. (Eds.) (2011). Performance Psychology. A Practitioner’s Guide. Edinburgh: New York: Elsevier.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (Take Home) SEM2 Yes 100%


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