Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 4231
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Tutorial
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
The course provides an in depth exploration of the field of sport and exercise psychology. Students will demonstrate their understanding of theories and research that explore developmental, psychological, psychosocial and contextual factors in relation to sport and exercise behaviour and experience. They will apply their knowledge gained in class to practical situations in sport, exercise and physical activity settings and investigate course topics from multiple perspectives. Students will also demonstrate their ability to conduct a personal mental training program in sport and exercise psychology and evaluate its effectiveness.
Course Content

Mental Training Programs

  1. Interventions and Strategies
    • Goal setting
      • Types
      • Assessment Strategies
      • Best practices
    • Imagery
      • Types
      • Assessment Strategies
      • Best Practices
    • Self Talk
      • Types
      • Assessment Strategies
      • Best Practices
    • Arousal Regulation
      • Types
      • Assessment Strategies
      • Best Practices
    • Attentional Control
      • Types
      • Assessment Strategies
      • Best Practices
  2. Conceptual Frameworks of Mental Excellence
  3. Program Planning and Delivery
    • Assessment and Objectives
    • Design
    • Delivery
    • Debriefing
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  4. Season and Annual Planning
    • Focus Plans 
    • Periodization of Mental Skills Training
  5. Personal Mental Training Program Development

Developmental Sport and Exercise Psychology

  1. Self Esteem, Self Concept and Physical Activity
    • Theoretical aspects
    • Research on the development of self perceptions 
    • Factors and strategies influencing self perceptions
    • Psychological skills training and children
    • Implications for best practices
  2. Developmental Model of Youth Sport
    • Theoretical aspects
    • Research on development and expertise in sport
    • Factors and strategies influencing psychological development
    • Implications for best practices
  3. Environment Influences on Development
    • Motivational Climates
      • Theoretical aspects
      • Research on motivational climates
      • Implications for best practices
    • Self Determination Theory (SDT) in Sport and Physical Activity
      • Theoretical aspects
      • Research on SDT in Sport and Physical Activity
      • Implications for best practices
    • Parents in Sport and Physical Activity
      • Research on parents in sport and physical activity
      • Strategies for enhancing parental impact
    • Peers
      • Research on peers in sport and physical activity
      • Strategies for enhancing peer impact

Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology – Potential Topics:

  1. Career Transitions
  2. Psychology of injury and rehabilitation 
  3. Psychology of recovery and regeneration
  4. Overtraining and Burnout in sport
  5. Career transitions in sport
  6. Violence and aggression in sport
  7. Moral development through sport 
  8. Preparing mentally for major competitions (e.g., Olympics/Paralympics/Worlds)
  9. Coaching Psychology
  10. Coach-athlete relationship
  11. Self Handicapping in sport & exercise
  12. Development of Expertise in Sport
  13. Clinical issues in sport and exercise psychology
  14. Self Perceptions and Physical Activity Behaviours of Adults
  15. Aging and involvement in sport and physical activity
  16. Personality in sport and exercise psychology
  17. Gender and cultural considerations in sport and exercise psychology
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture
2. Discussion groups
3. Practical applications
4. Field observation and/or video observation
5. Self-study via print or online materials
6. Reading assignments
7. Online discussion groups
8. Instructor tutoring

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion groups
  3. Practical applications
  4. Field observation and/or video observation
  5. Self-study via print or online materials
  6. Reading assignments
  7. Online discussion groups
  8. Instructor tutoring
Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based on: 

  1. Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations
  2. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive
  3. Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors
  4. Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Mental Skills Training Program 20%
Conceptual Mapping Assignment 20%
Advanced Topics Presentation 20%
Reading Questions Assignments 30%
Participation 10%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the effectiveness of psychological skills training programs within sport and exercise settings
  2. Design, deliver and evaluate a personal sport/exercise mental training program
  3. Identify the role of development as it relates to sport and exercise psychology behaviour and experience
  4. Explain how psychological, psychosocial and contextual factors influence enjoyment, engagement and performance in sport and exercise
  5. Apply psychosocial skills interventions as a coach, teacher, and exercise leader
  6. Identify the role of theories, conceptual frameworks and research in sport and exercise psychology and related professions
Textbook Materials

Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:
Course Pack with readings from journal articles, and relevant book chapters.

Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:

  • Course Pack with readings from journal articles, and relevant book chapters.

Requisites

Prerequisites

60 credits, including SPSC 1164 and SPSC 2231

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 266 (3) 2010/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.