Introductory Sport Psychology
What you'll learn
- By the end of this course, students will appreciate the different tools sport psychologists use when working with athletes to improve their sporting performance
- Students should be able to recognise when and how to use each tool
- Students will understand the training and time it takes to become a sport psychologist, and that this course is not designed to replace that training
- It is possible to use the techniques presented here to hone your own training, for you to develop the right mental processes for success
- There are no academic prerequisites for this course, although some experience as a coach or athlete is desirable
This sport psychology course teaches students how to apply sport psychology tools on themselves. Everything you need for the course will be provided, including Powerpoint slides and video. Students could reasonably be expected to complete this course over 4-8 weeks if working on 1-2 topics per week. The course is structured to be undertaken sequentially. This course would suit people wanting to learn more about themselves as athletes or coaches, or to see how sport psychologists work with athletes and coaches. The course gives you information, and an opportunity to use this information on yourself, but does not include assessment.
To become a sport psychologist yourself, you would need to undertake many years of university study (and in my country of Australia, a period of time practicing under the supervision of an experienced and accredited psychologist as well). This course is NOT designed to replace that process, merely to provide the reader with some skills and knowledge they could apply on themselves that is reasonably likely to lead to improved performance and enjoyment in the sport.
This course was created by Dr Michelle Pain (BSc, DipEdPsych, MEd, PhD), an accredited sport psychologist with over 35 years' experience working with players and teams, from recreational level through to the elite level. She has worked with athletes and coaches in many sports, including cricket, AFL football, swimming, badminton, lawn bowls, track and field athletics, gymnastics, rowing, tennis, and golf (to name a few).
Who this course is for:
- Learn from a sport psychology practitioner with over 35 years experience working with elite athletes in a range of sports
- This course is suitable for students aged 15 or more years of age
- Those wanting a general knowledge about how sport psychologists work with athletes and coaches will appreciate and benefit from undertaking this course
- Students are most likely to be athletes, coaches, or sport psychology students
- Students hoping to gain an academic qualification or professional development for coaching accreditation would be welcome to do this course in the first instance, and then might choose to undertake the assessment in my Advanced Sport Psychology course on Udemy
I'm a sport psychologist based in Melbourne Australia. I enjoy teaching others how to use sport psychology techniques, based on my 25+ years of experience as a sport psych and tertiary educator (where I teach or have taught sport psychology to students doing a Certificate or Diploma course in Vocational Education/TAFE through to subjects in Higher Education/University through to PhD level).
I've worked with athletes in a range of sports, from recreation level (eg. I'm paying for coaching in my technique, why not learn faster improving my mental game?) through to the elite level (eg. coping with major competitions and pressure of expectations).
Dr Michelle Pain BSc, DipEdPsych, MEd, PhD, accredited sport psychologist