Sports Psychology Program

The Sports Psychology program teaches coaches and athletes important fundamentals of how to improve performance in training and on game or competition day. Everything you learn is practical and based on proven techniques used by professionals to achieve peak performance.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Careers  

Introduction to career opportunities available in the fitness and exercise, sport psychology, massage, and nutrition fields.

Lesson Group 2: Sports Performance Psychology

Introduction to Sport Psychology  

History of sport psychology; services provided by sport psychologists; traits, orientations, and behavioral tendencies that affect performance; sport personality testing; elite athlete profiles; audience effects; psychological issues of sport injury and rehabilitation.

Psychology in Youth Sports 

Determining the needs of children in relation to sport competition; reasons for participation and factors associated with dropout; signs of readiness for competition; role of parents; coaching children; gender differences.

Motivation and Attribution Theories 

Sources and theories of motivation; mythical motivational practices; group and team motivation; the four factors of attribution theory; learned helplessness and hopelessness; interpretation of athletic performance.

Coping with Emotion and Stress 

Forms of stress; state and trait anxiety; the influence of arousal; anxiety and arousal reducers; sport stress coping styles and strategies.

Sport Psychology Interventions and Applications 

Cognitive and behavioral self-regulation; coping with physical discomfort and pain; stress inoculation training; the COPE model; imagery; athlete perspectives on practice, pregame issues, game-time concerns, and behavior on and off the field or court.

Aggression in Sports 

Theoretical bases of aggression; aggression and sport performance; implications for coaches and athletes; gender differences; mental control of anger; spectators and violence.

Lesson Group 3: Coaching and Exercise Psychology

Effective Communication and Leadership  

The ten commandments of effective sport communication; team mentoring; mentoring skills; team meetings; self-awareness; roles of the coach; successful versus effective leadership; leadership theories and styles.

Team Cohesion and Group Dynamics  

Developing an effective team climate; roles and interactions of team members; factors that affect cohesion; measuring and improving cohesion; collective efficacy; self-handicapping and social loafing.

Exercise Psychology  

Exercise motivation; psychological benefits of exercise; theories and models of exercise psychology; adherence and compliance; exercise addiction and dependence; exercise interventions; future of the sport psychology field.

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Program Description

Students learn the fundamentals of the sport performance psychology field with a focus on both athletes and coaches. Program topics include personality and behavioral tendencies, motivation and attribution theories, youth sports, stress and anxiety, aggression, communication and mentoring techniques, leadership, team cohesion, group dynamics, and exercise psychology.

Program Objectives

After completing the Sports Psychology for Peak Performance program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the work of sport psychologists, discuss the career opportunities available to those with the appropriate training, and explain how this program will help you to either reach this long-term goal or be more successful as an athlete or as the coach or parent of athletes
  2. Define motivation and describe the relationship between motivation and self-confidence as it applies to athletic endeavors.
  3. Identify the personality predictors that point to the potential for athletic injury and describe appropriate interventions to avoid such injury.
  4. Identify common causes of problematic athletic performance and describe the psychological skills that can be used to alleviate these issues and improve both individual and team performance.
  5. Describe the importance of compatibility between athletes and team leadership and outline proven methods for creating and maintaining strong, cohesive teams.
  6. Explain the reasons for aggression in sports, discuss the pros and cons of aggressive athletic performance, and identify effective anger management strategies.

Push yourself to the limit with our professional sports psychology program. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.