Sport & Exercise Psychology
The many positive benefits of physical activity for physical and mental health are widely acknowledged. In this sport & exercise psychology elective, we will focus on the psychology behind athletic performance, as well as on physical (in)activity levels in the general population. Sport and exercise are often considered a largely physical endeavor (strength, speed, stamina, flexibility et cetera). However, it is widely acknowledged that sport performances and physical activity behaviour are also influenced by psychological factors. Therefore, in this course, we will attend to the biology of sport performances and physical exercise, but primarily on their behavioural determinants, motivations, pressure and stress, and ultimately we look at possible venues for behaviour change.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
Students are able:
- to explain and apply theories about behaviour and behaviour change in the field of sport and exercise;
- to apply performance enhancing techniques, and are able to explain the influences of sport psychology on team- and task-performances;
- to produce some general knowledge about biological aspects related to sports and exercise.
Biddle, S. J., Mutrie, N., & Gorely, T. (2015). Psychology of physical activity: Determinants, well-being and interventions. Routledge;
Weinberg R.S., & Gould, D. (2014) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology – 6th edition. Human Kinetics.
- G.A. ten Hoor