Best of the Best: Teaching Activities in Exercise Psychology

Gloria Solomon, Texas Christian University, USA
Nick Galli, University of Utah, USA
Melissa Madeson, Hardin Simmons University, USA
Taylor Moore, Texas Christian University, USA

Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Program ID: WKSP-14

Presentation: October 2, 2013 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: Fountain


AASP has sponsored a series titled Best of the Best to provide experiential activities informed by theory for consultants. Considering that a large percentage of AASP members teach sport and exercise psychology, we believe it is time to begin a Best of the Best series for teaching. While there are usually 1-2 teaching workshops each year, minimal emphasis is placed on teaching exercise psychology which has recently become a distinct area of study, evidenced by academic programs, courses, and textbooks. In this workshop we plan to: (a) target contemporary areas within exercise psychology, and (b) share interactive activities grounded in theory. This workshop will mimic the format used in the classroom; each topic will begin with a brief theoretical discussion, followed by an application activity. The three topics addressed are important aspects of lifelong mental and physical well-being and include exercise motivation, acute psychological effects of exercise, and assessing lifestyle behavior change. For exercise motivation, students will gauge their own exercise motives, and identify common excuses from sedentary people. Based on this “data,” students will uncover issues to consider when designing an exercise program. For acute effects, an assessment will be completed before and after bouts of aerobic and strength training. The teaching techniques for this activity involve in-class discussion and a take-home reflection report. The final topic on assessing behavioral change will be guided by discussion of the Transtheoretical Model. After completing several assessments, students identify 2-3 specific behaviors to change, and working in small groups, create a goal-setting plan addressing barriers to success and methods of monitoring progress. The practical teaching activities are tools that can be used both in and out of classroom settings to improve personal wellness at any stage of life. Attendees will receive a packet detailing each technique and including all the relevant materials.

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