PSYb2900 Sport Psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020

The course is not taught in Autumn 2020

Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Ing. Mgr. Jakub Procházka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Mgr. Jakub Procházka, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY290 Sport Psychology
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/18, only registered: 0/18
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 18 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The goal of this course is to introduce psychological theories related to sport psychology and their practical application. The course emphasizes practical work of a sport psychologist. The course will give you a basic knowledge necessary to evaluate, support and develop athletes’ mental skills.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- identify the main reasons of athletes’ “failure” or “success” in stress situations;
- evaluate, support and develop athletes’ mental skills;
- support athletes and help them to develop their mental toughness;
- minimize repeated failure of athletes in stress situations.
  • 1st meeting
  • Information about organization: tasks description, creation of teams for presentations, assigning topics
  • Introduction to sports psychology and main techniques of mental training
  • Exercises: goal setting, focus, self-talk
  • Discussion (with home preparation)
  • 2nd meeting
  • Discussion (with home preparation)
  • Exercises: breathing – relaxation, imagery, pregame preparation, work with emotions, confidence, activation
  • Specifics of working as a mental coach with an emphasis on sports psychology
  • Performance profile
  • 3rd meeting
  • Students’ group presentations
  • Importance of supervision, self-education in the area of mental coaching and sports psychology
  • Final exam
    required literature
  • Orlick, T. (2012). In Pursuit of Excellence, ISBN 9780736067577
  • Applied sport psychology : personal growth to peak performance. Edited by Jean M. Willeams - Vikki Krane. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015. xxiv, 552. ISBN 9789814577496. info
  • TENENBAUM, Gershon and Robert C EKLUND. Handbook of Sport Psychology. Wiley, 2007. 3 edition. ISBN 978-0-471-73811-4. info
    recommended literature
  • BARTŮŇKOVÁ, Staša. Stres a jeho mechanismy. 1. vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2010. 137 s. ISBN 9788024618746. info
  • ALDERMAN, Richard B. Psychological behavior in sport. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1974. xiii, 280. ISBN 0721610897. info
Teaching methods
- class discussions;
- group presentations;
- model situations;
- feedback;
- demonstrations.
Assessment methods
- Active participation in seminars: 15 points (5 points for each seminar);
- 2 written preparation for discussions: 25 points (12.5 points for each of the first two seminars);
- Group presentation: 30 points (0 – 30 points for presentation);
- Final exam: 30 points.

To pass the course, student need to:
- Attend at least 80% of the seminars;
- At least 1 point from each discussion;
- At least 6 points for each of the group discussions;
- At least 9 points from the final exam;
- Gain at least 60 points in total.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Teacher's approval is required (in IS). When asking for approval, please describe your motivation and your personal experience with sport. The course is also offered for foreign students of BA and MA Psychology programs.

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