The course Psychology of Sport examines three dimensions: 1) methods to establish a learning and social environment that would enhance the effectiveness of coaches and maximize the skill and personal growth of athletes and pupils, 2) an introduction to the techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance performance and personal growth, and 3) an introduction to special issues such as staleness and burnout, psychology of injury and injury rehabilitation and retirement from athletics. This course will provide the student with a greater understanding of how coaching behaviour influences an athlete's ability to learn, along with strategies designed to increase one's ability to influence the behaviour of others. The role of the coach in the sport experience of an athlete is examined and a critical view is taken of the role of sociological factors of the sport experience of the athlete in terms of motivation, reinforcement, training environment and development. The value and process of mental training for sport are tied directly to applications to real life. Psychological principles and theories are studied in detail and the student is given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to sport and life settings.
Only students in the Golf Management program can take this course.