EHR109 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Behaviour (8)

This subject introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and research related to human behaviour in sport and exercise settings. This subject explores how psychological factors influence individuals involvement and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity settings; examines how participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity influences the psychological factors of the individuals involved; analyses the complex interaction between individuals and their environment, and; helps students acquire skills and knowledge about sport and exercise psychology that can be applied as a coach, teacher, personal trainer, exercise leader, sports psychologist, sports rehabilitator, sports administrator or sports journalist.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR109. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise Science students

Bachelor of Sports Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) students 

Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) students

and as approved by Course Co-ordinator

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and explain key psychological factors influencing participation and performance in sport and exercise;
  • be able to explain and critically analyse the complex interaction between individuals and the sport and exercise setting;
  • be able to analyse and explain key psychological outcomes of participation and performance in sport and exercise;
  • be able to synthesise, evaluate and use selected theoretical and applied approaches to explain sport and exercise behaviour;
  • be able to critically analyse how the subject content can inform their anticipated career/employment practices in the sport and exercise context;
  • be able to demonstrate their competency in reading, writing, critically analysing, comprehending and discussing sport and exercise psychology literature.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview and introduction to sport and exercise behaviour
  • Understanding the participant:
  • Personality and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Arousal, anxiety, stress and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Motivation and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Confidence and self-efficacy and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Introduction to psychological skills training.
  • Understanding the sport and exercise setting/environment:
  • Feedback and reinforcement;
  • Competition and cooperation;
  • Group and team dynamics;
  • Leadership and communication
  • Introduction to exercise adherance.
  • Psychological outcomes of sport and exercise participation:
  • Sport/Exercise and well-being/mental health;
  • Youth Sport/Exercise and psychological development;
  • Athletic injuries and psychological recovery;
  • Addiction to exercise, athletic burnout and their prevention;
  • Aggression in sport and implications for practice.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.