Maricopa Community Colleges  PSY215   19942-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-25-1993

PSY215  1994 Spring – 1999 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Introduction to Sport Psychology

Application of the physiological, behavioral, social, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives in psychology to sport. Includes topics such as optimal performance, correlation, motivation, co-action effect, self-actualization, psycho-behavioral techniques, self-efficacy, and the general health benefits of sport participation.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Instructor.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


PSY215  1994 Spring – 1999 Summer II

Introduction to Sport Psychology



Explain psychology's role in sport. (I)


Describe the role of each major psychological perspective in sport. (II)


Describe the major research methods utilized in sport psychology. (III)


Explain the importance of the institution of sport and its psychosocial impact upon society. (III)


Describe the physiology of sport in terms of the major human biological systems. (IV)


Describe the psychophysiology of sport in terms of mind and body. (IV)


Trace the development of motor memory and hand-to-eye coordination. (IV)


Compare the roles emotion and motivation play in sport. (V)


Describe the Yerkes-Dodson Law of Optimal Arousal/Optimal Performance with respect to the attainment of optimal sport performance. (V)


Explain the role of aggression in sport and its psychosocial implications and repercussions. (V)


Explain how personality affects and is affected by sport performance. (VI)


Describe the various manifestations of psychological abnormality in sport, including spectator violence, eating disorders, substance abuse, hostility, and the "burn-out" syndrome. (VI)


Describe the importance of cognition in sport and sport perception, including cognitive skill development, sport IQ, attentional styles, concentration, and their roles in optimal sport performance. (VII)


Identify, delineate, and define the various behavioral and cognitive techniques applied in the achievement of optimal sport performance. (VII)


Identify and describe coaching issues, including values, standards, perceptions, and behaviors regarding the coach-athlete relationship. (VIII)


Describe the relationship between lifetime sport participation, fitness, and optimal psychophysiological health. (IX)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


PSY215  1994 Spring – 1999 Summer II

Introduction to Sport Psychology


I. An Overview of Psychology and its Role in Sport

A. Historical Development

B. Current Trends

II. Psychological Perspectives in Sport

A. Biological

B. Behavioral

C. Social

D. Cognitive

E. Humanistic

III. Issues in Sport

A. Research Methods

B. Psychosocial Importance of Sport

IV. Physiology of Sport

A. Major Human Biological Systems

B. Psychophysiology and the Mind-Body Relationship

C. Motor Memory Development

V. Emotions and Motivation in Sport

A. Optimal Performance (Yerkes-Dodson)

B. Aggression and its Psychosocial Implications

VI. Personality and Sport Performance

A. Selection of a Sport

B. Abnormal Manifestations

VII. Perception and Cognition in Sport

A. Cognitive Interventions

B. Behavioral Interventions

VIII. Issues in Coaching

IX. Lifetime Sport Participation and Fitness

A. Optimal Psychophysiological Functioning=Wellness

B. Lifetime Fitness=Lifelong Health


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