Applied Sport Psychology


This module builds upon the theoretical and knowledge of sports psychology and introduces aspects of applied sports psychology in the sport and performance context.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to discuss the role of psychological skills in sport and critically analyse the development of psychological skills training programmes to improve sport performance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe and critically appraise sports psychological literature related to performance enhancement.

2.  Discuss the application of psychological principles in the sports context

3.  Identify and integrate psychological interventions strategies to particular sport performance-related scenarios.

Indicative Content

1 Sports psychology context and practice

Role/s of the sports psychologists; contexts and different perspectives on the work of a sports psychologist.

2 Planning and developing interventions

The needs analysis process; empowerment; ownership and motivation; assessment of efficacy.

3 Psychological skills training

Theory and research of goal setting, relaxation, energisation, imagery, positive self talk, pre-performance and performance routines. Performance enhancement contexts; injury prevention and rehabilitation contexts



Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 12
Assessment 34
Independent 130

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.