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Sport Psychology

Gain an understanding of sport psychology and its uses to help athletes perform at their best, both in sport and in other performance-related settings.

This course introduces the discipline of sport psychology; the study of the human mind and human behaviour in the world of sport. It will focus on the discipline's key topics, and how psychological principles are applied to aid performance in sport. The course is delivered through discussions, group work, practical exercises and personal reflections.

You will learn about sport psychology and how it can be used to help athletes perform at their best in sport and in other performance-related settings (such as in work and study settings). You should also be able to apply the knowledge acquired in your sport psychology studies to your own liferoles (e.g. as a coach or parent of an athlete).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
• Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent (NFQ Level 5).
• Applicants without this may be considered based on their prior experience and learning through our RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.


20 weeks, 1 evening per week.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Future careers
This course is particularly useful for building on the skill level of people already working in, or seeking employment in, areas such as coaching, sports management, sports medicine and sports physiotherapy. After the course, you may be able to pursue further study in Sport Psychology.

Further enquiries

Dr Olivia Hurley, Course Co-ordinator
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Subjects taught

What topics will I study?
• Motivation + Goal setting
• Psyching-Up + Calming Down: Arousal + Anxiety in Sports Performances
• Team dynamics, Team cohesion
• Leadership + Coaching styles
• Aggression in sport
• Concentration, Coping + Confidence issues in sport
• Self-talk, imagery + relaxation strategies
• Psychology of Exercise + Health
• Psychology of Sports Injuries

Assessment method

Two written pieces of continuous assessment work, submitted by students at the end of Term 1 (Week 10) and Term 2 (Week 20).

Application date

Application Date: 22 August 2018, 4pm.

Course fee


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