No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

EHR421 Applied Psychology For Exercise & Activity (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.

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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in: Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science or as approved by the Course Director
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EHR213 EHR213 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the influences that selected psychological factors have on 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 the above knowledge and 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 obtain, evaluate, synthesise and organise information;
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and reflective judgement.


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.