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.
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 evaluate psychological interventions strategies to particular sport performance-related scenarios.
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