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Sport and Exercise Psychology (10012.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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  • Semester 1, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (189263) - View
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  • Semester 1, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (155972) - View

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This unit will provide a critical understanding of sport and exercise psychology. Unit material will include performance enhancement, group processes, sport and exercise environments, psychological growth and development through sport and exercise. Furthermore, personality and sport, motivation, arousal and anxiety, competition and cooperation, and psychological skills training are among the topics included. Students will become familiar with addictive and unhealthy exercise behaviours, burnout and overtraining in sport, and how exercise can benefit mental health and psychological wellbeing. One pertinent aspect is a close cooperation with sporting organisations such as the Australian Institute of Sport and health facilities at UC and beyond. This will enable students to combine theoretical and applied sport and exercise psychology in a unique way.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of sport and exercise psychology in society;

2. Explain the basic principles, theories and methodologies of sport and exercise psychology;

3. Describe how sport psychology can enhance performance;

4. Identify techniques for modifying exercise behaviour in individuals and populations to promote health and wellbeing; and

5. Apply psychological skills and relevant theories to both enhance athlete performance and motivate sedentary individuals to become physically active.

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Contact Hours

4 hour workshops initially, followed by 2 hour coaching sessions (on average 3 hours per week).





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