INSTRUCTOR: Christy Murphy



Introduction to the physical, psychological, and motivational factors involved with sports performance. Content will examine the link between physical performance and the psychological aspects involved in sports competition. It will also cover a comparison of contemporary motivation techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast motivational techniques used for sports performance
  2. Apply motivational techniques used for sports performance
  3. Describe the psychological effects of the physical aspects of sports and sports performance


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of motivation techniques used for sports and sports performance.
  2. Recognize the different psychological aspects involved with competition and sport performance.
  3. Compare and contrast different motivation techniques involved in sports performance.
  4. Discuss the link between the physical effects and psychological factors involved in sports performance.
  5. Apply visualization and goal setting techniques to improve athletic performance.
  6. Define experiential learning and discuss its role as it applies to achieving peak athletic performance.
  7. Analyze non-physical factors contributing to the success of athletes.

Representative Textbooks

Sport Psychology: Performance Enhancement, Performance Inhibition, Individuals, and Teams. Nicholas T. Gallucci. Psychology Press: 2008.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology.  R. S. Weinberg and D. Gould. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2008.

Sport Psychology. Arnold LeUnes. Psychology Press: 2010.

For more information


See KINES 59 in the Schedule of Classes

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