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 so that it can be used in their chosen future career area. 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.  This subject will also enable students how to apply ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to problems, reflect on their personal capabilities in their chosen career area and develop skills of self-directed learning that will extend beyond their life as a student.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Sports Media

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 evaluate the process of development and implementation of an applied sport psychology program;
  • be able to analyse a range of techniques for developing psychological/mental skills;
  • be able to apply various techniques of 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.
  • be able to demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data;
  • be able to synthesize and apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, problem solving and decision making.


This 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.


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.