Sports performers seeking a competitive edge know that sport psychology plays an important role in maximizing performance.
A number of factors need to be explored in order to understand the importance of psychological preparation and control in individual and team sports. Sports performance needs not only technical preparation. It is also important that the athlete is motivated, can control arousal levels, has the appropriate focus and is mentally prepared for competition. It is the role of the sport psychologist as well as coaches to develop these skills with the performer and teach them when to apply them.
This unit develops the learner’s knowledge and skills further so that they can apply them to personal performance and to the performance of other performers. Psychological skills can be applied to training and competition, and can be used with all levels of performer.
This course, a follow up to Introduction to Sport Psychology, continues to develop a sound theoretical base by examining important socio-psychological factors such as group cohesion, leadership, personality, communication skills, motivation, drug-abuse and more.
This is a 16 hr guided learning course. Students need to invest further hours in the course, which will include private study and home assignments.
Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.
This short course offers individuals interested in sport and exercise the opportunity to gain further knowledge on the psychological aspects of performance in sport. It is suited in particular for athletes, coaches, sport administrators and PE teachers. The taught skills may also be used in other performance related areas as well as in the individual’s everyday life. The course will help individuals develop particular skills such as anxiety management, positive self-talk and concentration skills.
Learning Outcome 1; Describe effects of personality and motivation on sports performance
Learning Outcome 2; Develop group cohesion and leadership
Learning Outcome 3; Use communication skills in sports
Learning Outcome 4; Deal with the psychological effects of drug-abuse in sport
The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:
Pre – Requisites
Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.
MCAST Certificate of Attendance
MCAST Certificate of Achievement
If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s. Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test. However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.
There are no additional costs or special materials/equipment to bring.