Sports Psychology Course

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KIN 440: Sport Psychology
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$289.42/Credit (No Fees)


This course is an examination of psychological constructs influencing the competitive sport process and physical activity.

Talk to an athlete about their sport and you're likely to hear them mention the importance of being confident or maintaining motivation when things aren’t going their way, or how they were “in the zone.” Athletes who play team sports often talk about how important it is that everyone on their team “knows their role,” or how the team has (or has not) “come together.” 

These are all topics that fall under the realm of sport psychology. One of the roles of a sport psychologist is to work with athletes to try to teach them how to hone their mental skills to improve their performance. To do this, sport psychologists use various methods—they have a “mental toolbox” if you will. 

This course covers sport psychological skills and the methods or techniques that are used to develop these skills. To this end, it examines psychological theories and research related to sport (and, to a lesser degree, exercise) behavior. The course is designed to introduce you to the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing a broad overview of the major topics in the area.

  • Increase your understanding of how psychological factors influence involvement and performance in sport (and exercise and physical activity).
  • Increase your understanding of how participation in sport (and exercise and physical activity) influences the psychological makeup of the individuals involved.
  • Acquire skills and knowledge about sport (and exercise) psychology that you can apply as an athlete, coach, teacher, athletic trainer or exercise leader.

Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN-13: 9781450469814

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:

  • 15 Lessons
  • 3 Open Book Exams

Each lesson contains specific learning objectives, required readings, notes on the important key concepts for each lesson and various short assignments. For the most part, you will find that the assignments at the end of the lessons are experiential activities. The exams, however, are primarily factual.

You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.