Sports Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

Subject code: SPO120

Subject Aim

As the Business of Sport Management has grown to become a worldwide revenue source, so have the associated research activities in areas of sport and health psychology. Psychological constructs are applied across a wide range of life situations and there is growing evidence that psychological concepts can be applied to enhance sport performance, sports management, personal growth, and exercise participation. The world of sport, spectator-ship and a health-conscious population can be viewed as a microcosm reflecting trends and providing a perspective on society as a whole. Therefore, effective Sports Management cannot occur without understanding the underlying psychological processes in different types of sport and fitness environments. The aim of the subject is to develop an understanding of the psychological foundations of sport and leisure examining concepts from sport psychology, health and well-being.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and understand the psychological factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise activities and the psychological effects derived from them
  2. Identify and describe a range of psychological theories related to sport
  3. Recognise and interpret psychological profiles that have implications on both physical and mental wellbeing
  4. Differentiate between sport psychology research and general consumer research into health and wellbeing
  5. Demonstrate an ability to assess minor psychological barriers to success in a sporting context

Student Assessment

Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information. Students are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in course notes, handouts and readings as well as independently researching. Class work and practical application of theory assist in reinforcing the importance of this subject’s topics. Each student is required to participate in class discussions and activities.

The overall assessment program is the following:

No Assessment task Weighting Assessment Due Learning outcomes
1 Individual Report 30% 1-6 a & b
2 Essay 30% 1-9 b, c & d
3 Final Exam 40% Exam Week/s a, b, c, & d

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