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Introduction to Sport Psychology


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If your career or community involvement requires you to work with people in sport, such as coaches, athletes, physical education teachers or fitness instructors, developing skills in understanding how a person’s psychological state impacts sporting performance is important.

Introduction to Sport Psychology is an online professional development course that will introduce you to the fundamental principles of sport psychology and help you understand the psychological factors that influence motivation and performance in sport settings.

In this online sport psychology course you will explore the nature and scope of sports psychology, how to identify psychological traits found in successful athletes, and how to explain how the mind affects athletic performance and discuss ways of maintaining or increasing motivation in sports and exercise.

On completion of this course you will feel empowered to support people in sports, whether it’s club sports or individual sporting achievements, to get the most out of their performance.

Course Structure

Unit: Sport Psychology

  • History of Sport Psychology
  • Psychology and confidence
  • Effective goal setting
  • Motivation in sport
  • Psychological mediators
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Coping strategies in sport
  • Youth and sport
  • Attention and concentration
  • Memory systems
  • Theories of personality
  • Personality and sport
  • Team energising strategies
  • Self-energising strategies
  • Imagery and visualisation
  • Cognitive-behavioural interventions
  • Ethics in sport
  • Hypnosis and sport
  • Psychological skills training
  • Aggression and violence
  • Social facilitation
  • Team cohesion
  • Leadership in sport
  • Exercise psychology
  • Mental health improvements
  • Theories of exercise behaviour
  • Burnout
  • Psychology of injury
  • Drug abuse


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

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Future growth




Professional Development For:

  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Sports Coaches
  • Includes unlimited access
  • Full up-front payment only