Psychological Preparation in sports

Course Information
TitleΨΥΧΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΠΡΟΠΟΝΗΣΗ ΣΤΟΝ ΑΘΛΗΤΙΣΜΟ / Psychological Preparation in sports
FacultyPhysical Education and Sport Science
SchoolPhysical Education and Sports Sciences (Thessaloniki)
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Grouios
Course ID600000195


Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the otherWinter-10
PROPONĪTIKĪ ATHLĪMATŌNElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter-10

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • Ν606 Sport Psychology
Learning Outcomes
Enable students to use methods and techniques of psychological training, especially those to be implemented by coaches (goal setting, mental rehearsal, stress control, confidence improvement, focusing etc). The course will place emphasis on practical implications and exercises.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Introduction to Psychological Training in sports. Applied Sport Psychology. 2. The psychological characteristics of a high-level athletes. Psychological training methods 3. Motivation in competitive sports. From theory to practice. Tension management in sport. 4. Effective exercise of leadership in competitive sports. 5. Programs and principles of Goal Setting in competitive sports. 6. Strategies to improve the confidence of athletes. 7. Attention and focusing. The technique of self talk. Applications of mental rehearsal in competitive sports. 7. Psychodynamics of team sports. Group Climate. Cohesion. Group discussions and team building in sports 8. Counceling. Applied programs of psychological preparation of athletes 9. Dealing with errors, and stressful situations. Evaluation of psychological conditions. Profile, performance 10. Communication skills of coaches and crisis management in teams. 11. Special topics: Athletic dropout, burnout, the injured athlete and psychological interventions 12. Presentation of a research article 13. Review presentation
psychological training, PST, Mental Training, Psychological Preparation, mental training
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments753
Student Assessment
Exams (50%) project 30% Presentation 10% Attendance 10%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Δογάνης, Γ. (2009) Αθλητική ψυχολογία. Θεσσαλονίκη: Χριστοδουλίδης Θεοδωράκης Γ., Γούδας, Μ., & Παπαϊωάννου, Α. (2001) Ψυχολογική υπεροχή στον αθλητισμό. Θεσσαλονίκη: Χριστοδουλίδης Μπάουμαν, Τσορμπατζούδης, Χ.Ψυχολογία στον Αθλητισμό. Θεσσαλονίκη
Additional bibliography for study
Williams, Μ (Ed). Applied Sport Psychology: Personal growth to peak performance. (pp. 226-242). Mountain View CA: Mayfield. Hardy, L., Jones, G., & Gould, D. (1996). Understanding psychological preparation for sport. Wiley, Chichester. Martens, R. (1987). Coaches guide to sport psychology. Champaign IL. Human Kinetics. Mετάφραση στα ελληνικά Προπονητής και Αθλητική Ψυχολογία. Θεσσαλονίκη. Εκδόσεις Σάλτο. Nideffer, R. M. (1992). Psyched to win. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Orlick, T. (1990). In pursuit of excellence. Champaign IL. Leisure Press. Murphy, S. (Ed.), Sport psychology interventions (pp.235-254). Champaign: IL: Human Kinetics. Weinberg, R. (1988). The mental advantage: Developing your psychological skills in tennis. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
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