Sport and exercise psychology is one of the fastest developing areas of psychology, with this degree being an innovative collaboration between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. In addition to studying the science of mind and behaviour, you will explore how psychological science explains behaviours in sport and exercise settings and how we can use this knowledge to help develop athletes and promote physical activity and exercise. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of psychology while studying what motivates athletes and exercisers, how to support and develop elite sport performers and the influence of exercise on psychological wellbeing. Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Applied sport and exercise psychology consists of instructing athletes, coaches, teams, exercisers, parents, fitness professionals, groups, and other performers on the psychological aspects of their sport or activity. The goal of applied practice is to optimize performance and enjoyment through the use of psychological skills and the use of and psychological assessment.
Sport psychology is an science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including , , and . It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement, applied sport psychology may include work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding , , communication, , and career transitions.
Some sport and exercise psychologists choose to undertake further study, for example to broaden their expertise in other branches such as clinical or health psychology.
|Journal of Physical Activity and Health|
|Journal of Motor Learning and Development|
|Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology|
|Pediatric Exercise Science|
|The Sport Psychologist|
|Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal|