PSYC 226AC
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This course examines theory and research of psychology as applied to athletics. It reviews the history of sport psychology as well as its application in both individual and team sports. Concepts to be discussed include individual philosophies of sports, motivation, personality of coaches and athletes, training and learning principles, mind-body relationships, and the effects anxiety, motivation, arousal and relaxation have on performance of athletes at the professional, amateur and youth levels. The sport psychology techniques used by elite athletes to improve sport performance will also be explored. Students will be asked to apply their psychological knowledge and critical thinking abilities through class participation and open discussions on professional, amateur and youth sports. Outside observations of sports from youth to professional levels will also be required. Students must have taken PSYC 105C or SOCI 105C with a grade of “C” grade or higher. (Prerequisites: PSYC 105C or SOCI 105C or other social science course with a grade of “C” or higher.)