Sport psychology diploma curriculum
It's easy to be an armchair coach, but it takes more than that to drive peak performance for an athlete, team, or even yourself. That's why our sport psychology diploma curriculum is rooted in proven principles and real-world applications. 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.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning 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 career opportunities available in the fitness and exercise, sport psychology, massage, and nutrition fields.
Lesson Group 2: Sports Performance PsychologyIntroduction 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.
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.
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.
Forms of stress; state and trait anxiety; the influence of arousal; anxiety and arousal reducers; sport stress coping styles and strategies.
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.
Theoretical bases of aggression; aggression and sport performance; implications for coaches and athletes; gender differences; mental control of anger; spectators and violence.