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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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

Available to students in:

Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science

or as approved by the Course Director

Subject Relationships
EHR213 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
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.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.