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The Mental Edge: Applied Sports Psychology for Coaches (EDMA 251)

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Summer 2024 Dates: June 17 - August 11, 2024

Graduate Credit-3 semester hours, $660.00 (not including the cost of the textbook)‌

Course Description:
The Mental Edge: Applied Sports Psychology for Coaches is the study and application of psychological strategies specifically designed to help athletes improve learning and performance. Students will investigate human behavior patterns in sports between weeks one and four. In weeks five and six, they will study the techniques of coaching a specific sport of your choice. In weeks seven and eight you will apply psychological training strategies to the sport you selected. This process involves the understanding and use of many psychological tools. The effective application of these tools requires both practice and integration with your knowledge of specific skill instruction, meaning, tools such as goal setting, behavior modification, stress management, and effective auto-suggestion make up the psychological "building blocks" of peak performance. Learning and achievement require your understanding of how these tools work in harmony with physical skill training. Here you will learn to apply a Psychological Skills Training (PST) program to your sport of choice.

Video introduction to The Mental Edge: Applied Sports Psychology for Coaches


Instructor: Aaron Quinn Ph.D.

Textbook: Students in this course are responsible for purchasing or renting their own copy of the following text:

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7th Edition
R. Weinberg, D. Gould
Human Kinetics‌

This course may not run as scheduled if we do not reach our minimum number of registrations. Should this occur, all registered students will have the option of receiving a full refund OR rolling the registration over into the following semester.