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PS 211 Sport Psychology: 3 semester hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students interested in sport psychology with an overview of the theories and principles that explain factors which influence human behavior in the sport context. According to the American Psychological Association Division 47, sport psychology addresses the interactions between psychology and sport performance, including the psychological aspects of optimal athletic performance, the psychological care and well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, and the connection between physical and psychological functioning. Sport psychology practitioners focus primarily on: 1) Helping individuals use psychological principles and skills to achieve optimal mental health and to improve performance; and 2) Understanding how participation in sport affects their psychological development, health, and well-being. Prerequisite: PS 101.