Bringing Sport Psychology Across Campus: Incorporating Sport Psychology techniques in Other Classes

Ashwin Patel, Western State College of Colorado, USA

Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Program ID: SYM-16

Presentation: October 4, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Oak Alley


As part of their faculty appointments many Sport and Exercise Psychology teachers are asked to teach courses outside their expertise. In fact, anecdotal discussions with teachers across the country suggest that most people will be asked to teach a course outside of Sport and Exercise Psychology at some point during their career. Fortunately, Sport and Exercise Psychology professionals have recognized the benefits of mental skills in other performance settings and have been able to incorporate mental skills training principles into courses beyond "Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology." In this symposium the presenters will discuss their experiences in creating unique courses that integrate mental skills into various curricula. Specifically, one presenter will discuss the effectiveness of using of Sport Psychology strategies as part of a writing seminar for first-year college students. Concepts such as motivation, goal setting, energy management, and finding meaning were discussed in this course in a way that is directly applicable to daily living. Students left the class with a greater awareness of how to utilize their strengths and were equipped with strategies that foster resilience when dealing with challenges unrelated to sport. Another presenter will discuss the benefits of using Sport Psychology strategies for a program planning for physical activity settings course. Concepts such as communication, adherence, self-confidence, and mental toughness were incorporated into class discussion to tie in the notion of lifelong health and wellness. Through activities and assignments, students gained the skills necessary to become more informed and knowledgeable personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, and physical therapists. Attendees should gain an appreciation as how to use Sport Psychology strategies in other courses and possibly how to develop new courses at their institutions. .

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