About Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives

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About this course

Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives is a free and open-licensed online course designed to introduce learners to the psychology of high performance sport.

Is this course for you?

If you are passionate about sport and want to gain insight into how athletes mentally prepare for the highest levels of competition, then this course is for you.

The course is also relevant for coaches and sports administrators looking for evidence-based ways to get the best out of their athletes.

Finally, if you are interested in a career in sport psychology, then this course will give you a taste of the theoretical and applied knowledge that is relevant to the discipline.

What will I learn?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how psychological factors influence sport performance.
  • Outline psychological strategies that are used to enhance sports performance.
  • Write a mental training program for an elite athlete.

Topics

Here are some of the topics you will cover:

  • Introducing psychological skills.
  • Motivation.
  • Anxiety.
  • Mood and emotion.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Concentration.
  • Imagery and self-talk.
  • Music.
  • Group dynamics.

How long is the course?

This course is designed for autonomous learning, how much time and effort you put into it is up to you. However, to get the most of of this course, we recommend that you should allow 60-80 hours to complete the course.

The course officially ran from October 2015 to March 2016 and had over 1000 registrations. However, it is an Open Educational Resource (OER) meaning that you can register and login at any time, and also share, reuse, or repurpose the content within on the understanding that you will credit the authors.

Is there an assessment?

There is no formal assessment on this course. Towards the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to create a mental training program for an elite athlete which may share with your fellow learners for peer review. Once you have done this, you will receive a certificate of completion endorsed by the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP).

Writing a mental training program

The ultimate goal of the course is to give you the tools to write a mental skills training program for an elite athlete.

A mental skills program is a systematic approach that assesses psychological components and tailors an individualised program that will build the psychological skills of an athlete. It may be the missing brick in the wall that will take a talented athlete to the top of their profession.

Register and enrol

Click on the button below to register.

Questions?

If you have any questions or comments, then please use the comments box below. We will respond to your question as soon as possible.

6 Comments

  1. m.n.viswanath

    Dear sir/ madam.
    I am vishwanath from Bangalore India. I got enrolled for the ` Elite sports psychology’ – free on-line course in the first week of December 2015. You have said the course will be open till the end of February 2016. I want to know whether the registration for the course is open till Feb 2016 or the entire course will wind up at the end of Feb 2016. How much time I get to complete the course as I have registered in the first week of December 2015.

    1. Neil Martin

      Dear Vishwanath,

      Thank you for your email. We will keep registrations open until February 2015 before taking the the course down for a couple of weeks for evaluation purposes. The course will then return after that.

      Best wishes

      Neil

  2. Asantha

    Dear Neil,

    Just to confirm, the course registration will stay open until Feb 2016, and then be taken down for a few weeks after? So if I don’t think I can complete the course before then, should I wait until it resurfaces?

    Kind regards,

    Asantha

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Asantha,

      Thank you for your question regarding the course. The plan is to take the course down for a week or two on March 1, 2016 to allow me to extract some evaluation data and also do some updates.

      The course will then return after that. We will send out a notification to registrants nearer the time, but don’t worry if you haven’t finished the course as it will return.

      Best wishes

      Neil

  3. Joanne

    Hi, where can I buy a brand new copy of Winning Mind? Or is there an ebook edition?

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Joanne,

      Thank you for your question. Given that it was published in 1989, I’m afraid to say that The Winning Mind is only available in second hand condition and can be purchased from a few online retailers such as Amazon UK. I’ve checked with Peter and he recommends buying Inside Sport Psychology instead as it is more current in terms of its content.

      Best wishes

      Neil

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