This unit provides an introduction to the key psychological factors and explanatory frameworks relating to engagement, participation and adherence in exercise and sport. A broad array of topics is covered in the unit including: motivation, behavioural modification, addiction, anxiety, psychological skills training, sport performance, burnout and injury. Special consideration is given to facilitating exercise adherence, youth sport participation, the development of athletic performance, and how exercise and physical activity influences psychological function and well-being. Practical applications are made in relation to exercise practitioners, including health promotion professions, exercise physiologists, as well as teachers and coaches across age and skill level.
2 x 2-hr lecture /week for Weeks 2-4; 1 x 2-hr lecture/week for Weeks 1,5-10; 2-hr tutorials on 8 occasions
mid semester exam (25%), facilitating behaviour change assignment (45%), knowledge dissemination assignment (30%)
Cox, R. H. (2007). Sport psychology: Concepts and applications. (7th ed). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. Biddle, S., Mutrie,N., and Gorely, T. (2015). Psychology of physical activity: Determinants, well-being and interventions (2nd Ed). London: Routledge.
BACH1161 or HSBH1003