Sport and Exercise Psychology (EXSS3049)


This unit provides an introduction to the key psychological factors that influence sport, exercise and motor performance. Consideration is also given to how participation in physical activity influences psychological function and well being. A broad array of topics is covered, including: theoretical and applied perspectives of motivation, goal setting, behavioural modification, addiction, arousal, anxiety, imagery, attention and expert performance. Practical applications are made to teaching, coaching and rehabilitation for all ages and for all levels of skill. Special consideration is given to facilitating exercise adherence, youth sport participant and peak performance.

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2-hr lecture /week, 2-hr tutorial /week


mid semester exam (20%), facilitating behaviour change project (35%), end semester exam (45%), tutorial presentation (0% barrier task)

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