EHR213 Applied Psychology for Sport and Exercise (8)


This subject aims to enhance student understanding of current research and practice in applied sport and exercise psychology. It introduces students to a range of psychological interventions currently being used by 'mental' coaches and sport psychologists to improve the performance, satisfaction and personal growth of athletes and exercise participants, including goal setting, relaxation and energising techniques, imagery, mental rehearsal, self-talk, and concentration control. Psychological skills, such as motivation, confidence, self-awareness, concentration, and arousal management that are applicable to coaches, sport psychology specialists, physical educators, sport scientists, sports journalists, sports administrators, exercise leaders, coaches, athletes, and exercisers, are also covered.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR213
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management) Bachelor of Exercise Science Bachelor of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation) Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Studies Bachelor of Sport Science Bachelor of Sports Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and as approved by Course Co-ordinator

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the influences that selected psychological factors have on adherence, performance and personal growth in sport and exercise settings;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process of development and implementation of an applied sport psychology program;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of techniques for developing psychological/mental skills;
  • be able to apply various techniques to develop (or discuss) a psychological skills training program that addresses the needs of a sport/ population-specific group or individual;
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and reflective judgement (related to psychology) in order to identify and adapt training environments to maximise adherence and performance and refer individuals appropriately.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Applied Sport Psychology;
  • Models of Psychological Preparation for Optimal Performance;
  • Psychological Skills Training Program Development;
  • Psychological Characteristics of Optimal Performance;
  • Flow and Performance;
  • Goal Setting and Enhancing Motivation;
  • Confidence and Self-Talk;
  • Arousal Management (Relaxation and Energising strategies);
  • Concentration and Attentional Control Techniques;
  • Imagery and Mental Rehearsal;
  • Referral Issues;
  • Practical Advice from an Applied Sport Psychologist.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.