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Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course Code: SPSC 4231
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

course prerequisites

60 credits, including SPSC 1164 and SPSC 2231

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.