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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.
Here are some of the topics you will cover:
- Introducing psychological skills.
- Mood and emotion.
- Imagery and self-talk.
- 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
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