Sport and Exercise Psychology (EXSS3049)


This unit provides an introduction to the key inter-individual psychological factors that influence exercise behaviour as well as motor and sport performance. Consideration is also given to how participation in exercise and physical activity influences psychological functioning, health and well being. A broad array of topics is covered, including: theoretical and applied perspectives of motivation, behavioural modification, adherence and addiction. Other sport performance topics include stress and coping, anxiety, psychological skills training, athlete development and expert performance. Practical applications are made to teaching, coaching and rehabilitation across ages and skill level. Special consideration is given to facilitating exercise participation and adherence in individuals with varying degrees of present exercise behavior.

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


mid semester exam (25%), knowledge translation assignment (30%), facilitating behaviour change project (45%)

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