2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Jun 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

EXW 168 - Sport Psychology and Mental Skills

Description: Interaction between psychological variables and performance in sport and physical activity. Emphasis on the coach/teacher role in teaching and assessing mental training skills that influence participation and enhance performance.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Psychological theories related to participation in physical activity and sports
  2. Personality, self-confidence, motivation, communication skill development
  3. Emotional and mental symptoms of adaptive stress and techniques for managing stress and performance anxiety
  4. Concentration, attention control, and arousal regulation
  5. Participation, achievement, and competition
  6. Purpose, components, teaching, and assessment of mental skills: Goal setting, self-talk, relaxation and energization, and imagery/visualization
  7. Title IX, assumptions, biases, stereotypes, bullying, and prejudices

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss the benefits of the three-phase approach of teaching mental skills. (1, 6) 
  2. Describe the relationship between psychological variables and participation in physical activity and sport. (1-6)
  3. Explain how achievement motivation is developed. (1-5)
  4. Describe the conditions that promote motivation and self-confidence. (1-6)
  5. Define the communication skills aligned with athlete-centered coaching. (2, 3)
  6. Document the experience of mental training skills practice. (4, 6)
  7. Use goal setting principles and guidelines to design a comprehensive goal. (6)
  8. Use components of mental imagery to create a performance enhancing visualization script. (6)
  9. Evaluate the coach's role in managing their own and others assumptions. (3, 7)
  10. Recognize and respond to bias-based and identity-based bullying. (7)