KIN-243   Sport Psychology

This introductory course examines the ways in which psychological factors influence one?s sport performance. Research based topics include an examination of attentional styles and issues, causal attributions, motivational factors, somatic and cognitive competitive anxiety, and issues related to mood states, self-talk, self-concept and self-efficacy. This course also examines an array of research based psychological principles and skills which an individual can employ to enhance her/his motor performance. Such topics include the use of imagery, motivational strategies, goal setting, thought-stopping techniques, cognitive restructuring, methods to manage somatic and cognitive anxiety, attentional control skills, and strategies to enhance one?s self-concept and self-efficacy. Students are evaluated on in-class participation, a group or individual research project and presentation, homework assignments and written tests. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201.