What You'll Learn
Your online sports psychology training consists of 11 easy-to-follow lessons. You’ll learn how goal-setting and imagery techniques can improve an athlete’s performance, and how exercise can contribute to a person’s mental health and overall well-being. Each lesson introduces practical, proven methods. Key topics include…
- Motivation and self-confidence
- Goals and attribution
- Coping, relaxation and arousal strategies
- Team cohesion and leadership
- Psychology of injuries and drug abuse
Lesson 1: Motivation and Self-Confidence
Lesson 2: Goals and Casual Attribution
Sport and exercise psychology defined; the history of sport psychology; professional organizations; ethics; multicultural training issues; models of self-confidence: self-efficacy theory, competence motivation theory and the sport-specific model of confidence; self-talk; psychological momentum; gender issues.
Lesson 3: Intrinsic Motivation and Youth Sports
Achievement goal orientations; the developmental nature of goal orientation; measuring goal orientation; goal involvement; the motivational climate; research and goal perspective theory; the attribution model; causal attributions in competitive situations; attributional training; egocentrism in attribution.
Lesson 4: Attention and Athlete Personality
An integrated theory of motivation in sport and exercise; cognitive evaluation theory; the psychology of optimal experience; outcome, performance and process goals; effective goal-setting; a team approach to setting goals; benefits of youth sports and the reasons children participate; negative factors associated with the youth sports experience; training volunteer coaches.
Lesson 5: Situational Anxiety and Mood
Divisions of the nervous system; central nervous system structures controlling arousal; the autonomic nervous system; the adrenal medullae and the stress response; electrophysiological indicators of arousal; information processing; selective attention; attentional narrowing; getting in the zone; measuring and controlling attention; associative vs. disassociative attention; theories of personality.
Lesson 6: Coping, Relaxation and Arousal Strategies
How mood and anxiety are measured; mood states and Morgan's mental health model; the interactive model; psychological profile of the elite disabled athlete; differentiating among anxiety, arousal, and stress; the multidimensional nature of anxiety; antecedents of precompetitive state anxiety; time-to-event nature of precompetitive anxiety; the relationship between arousal and athletic performance; Marten's multidimensional anxiety theory; Fazey and Hardy's catastrophe theory; Hannin's individual zone of optimal functioning theory; Jones' directionality theory; Apter's reversal theory.
Lesson 7: Imagery, Hypnosis and Psychology Skills
Conceptual framework for coping strategies and styles; measuring coping skills; the dynamic nature of coping systems and strategies; factors that enhance the generalizability of coping; coping strategies used by elite athletes; progressive relaxation; autogenic training; meditation; biofeedback training; team energizing strategies; immediate self-energizing strategies.
Lesson 8: Aggression and Crowd Effect
Why imagery works; imagery perspective and sensory mode; studying imagery; developing imagery skills; cognitive-behavioral intervention programs using imagery and relaxation; theories of hypnosis; self-hypnosis; hypnosis and athletic performance; the effectiveness of psychological intervention programs; differentiating between psychological skills and methods; psychological skills training program; ethics in sport psychology.
Lesson 9: Team Cohesion and Leadership
Defining aggression; theories of aggression; fan violence; the effects of aggression on performance; situational factors in a sport setting; how to reduce aggression in sport; social facilitation; effects of an interactive audience on performance; audience characteristics; crowd size, intimacy and density; crowd hostility; players' perceptions of home court advantage.
Lesson 10: Exercise Psychology and Burnout
Defining characteristics of team cohesion; a conceptual model of team cohesion; measurement and determinants of team cohesion; consequences of team cohesion; developing team cohesion; theories of leadership; coach-athlete compatibility; player position, leadership opportunity and stacking.
Lesson 11: Psychology of Injuries and Drug Abuse
Psychological benefits of exercise; theoretical explanations for the relationship between exercise and improved mental health; exercise adherence and determinants; theories of exercise behavior; fitness as a moderator of life stress; the immune system, cancer, HIV and exercise; social physique anxiety, physical self-concept and body image; eating disorders and physical activity; defining burnout and other related terms; models of burnout; symptoms of burnout and interventions; recommendations for athletes, coaches and parents.
Psychology predictors of athletic injury; psychological response to injury and rehabilitation; benefits associated with sustaining and recovering from an athletic injury; psychophysiological effects of certain banned substances; the position statement of the SCA; combating drug abuse in sport.
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What You Get
Other sports psychology schools require you to attend classes. Ashworth College lets you compete your sports psychology training at home on your terms. Begin on your schedule and move ahead at your pace. We’ve erased the barriers to education so you can easily advance your career.
Content for the sports psychology training course ensures a balance of essential theory and practical application. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive sport psychology textbook & study guides
- Career search & time management guides
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
After graduating from our sports psychology training online, you’ll receive a beautiful diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your’ll be proud of your achievement – ready to apply what you’ve learned in the real world.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your online sports psychology training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.