FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Department and Number: PET 5216
Title: Sports Psychology
B. Prerequisites: Undergrad Level.
C. Bulletin Description: Introduction to the field of Sport Psychology by
examination of both psychological theories and research related
to Sport Behavior.
D. Faculty Member(s): William R. Aronson MS, MBA, PhD
Office Hours: By Appointment/305 607 5753
Web site: http://coeweb.fiu.edu/classes/aronson
E. Course Goals
1) To understand anxiety and stress in sport and athletics.
2) To build understanding of psychological principles in sport.
3) To increase understanding of coach-athlete communication process.
4) To understand Parent-Athlete Dynamics in Sport.
5) To understand Anti-Doping Principles in Sport.
6) To understand Sport Psychology for elite, collegiate, and physically challenged athletes.
7) To apply various principles to your future: employment, graduate school and life.
8) To understand Career Termination and Retirement
9) To understand Motivation, Drive Theory, and Inverted-U Theory.
F. Course Content:
Week 1: Introduction and Course Outline
1) Orientation, Expectation, and Goals
2) Lecture and Discussion/Format
3) Definitions of Sport Psychology
4) History of Sport Psychology
5) Organizations/Sport Psychology Specialties
8) Philosophy of Coaching
11) Goal Setting
12) Benefits and Types
13) Principles of Goal Setting
15) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Week 2: Lecture and Discussion
1) Stress Management Techniques
2) Progressive muscle relaxation
3) Systematic Desensitization
5) Autogenic training
8) Types of Biofeedback
9) Stress Management Techniques
11) Keys to Imagery
13) Other Stress Management Techniques
14) Inverted-U Model/Principle
15) Drive Theory/Anxiety
17) Five Guidelines for Building Motivation
18) Punishment Guidelines
19) Two Sources of Motivation
20) Law of Effect, Maslow: Hierarchy of Needs
21) Feedback: Two Types of Feedback
22) Modes and techniques for providing Feedback
23) Strategies for Problem Athletes
24) Issues with Retirement
25) Career programs for athletes
26) Statistics for Athletes
27) Retirement and Death/PTSD/Kubler-Ross
28) Techniques for Dealing with Parents
29) Eight Key Points: Cultural Differences, Significant Life Events, Eating Disorders,
ADHD, Puberty, Depression, Role of Parent (Erickson’s stages), Code of Ethics
Week 3: Lecture and Discussion: Parent/Child Relationship Issues
2) Parent-Child Relationship Issues/Power Point
3) Problems is Parent/Child Relationship
4) Sport and Society
5) 8 Key Points again: Important
6) Holmes-Rahe Exercises
7) Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Depression
8) Steps to Treatment of Depression
9) Role of Parent in Development
10) Piaget Model
11) Erickson Model
12) Parent Contributions
13) Code of Ethics
15) Hamilton Statistics
Week 4: Lecture, Films, Discussion, and Exercises
1) Olympic and Parent Tape
5) Role Playing
Week 5: Lecture, Discussion, and Guest Speaker
Case Presentations Topics Due for Approval in Writing.
1) Being a Better Tennis Parent
2) USA Tennis Parents Guide
Week 6: Lecture, Discussion, and Groups
1) Exploring Principles of Sport Psychology to Physically Challenged
2) Wheelchair Tennis/Special Populations and Tape
3) DAV Tape and history
4) Coaching/Working with Blind, Deaf, MR, and other special populations
5) Role Playing and Exercises
6) Review: Midterm
Week 7: Midterm
Week 8: Case Presentations
Week 9: Case Presentations: Final Paper Topics due for Approval in Writing
Week 10: Case Presentations
Week 11: Lecture, Discussion and Guest Speaker/ Topic Anti-Doping in Sport
1) History of Anti-Doping
2) Differences in various Programs.
3) IOC and Tennis
1) Sport Psychology Lab
Week 13: Final Papers Due!!! APA FORMAT
1) Sessions with each student
Week 14: Review For Final/Special Topics
Week 15: Final Exam.
G. Course Requirements:
This Requirement expects that Class members not only Attend sessions, but “Participate”
in “All” Class Activities. Leaving Class “Early” is Not acceptable. You Will Not
A variety of assignments/exercises will be Required. Completion of All is Mandatory.
1) Undergraduate: 2 Page Book Review: Engh’s Book Required: Writing Credit.
2) Graduate: 3 Page Book Review: Engh’s Book Required.
3) 2 Page Paper on Coaching/Teaching Philosophy for “All” Students.
4) Engh’s Book is Required Reading for “All” Students.
5) Other assignments for Class: Current Events, etc.
6) Only Hard Copies of Papers etc; No Email/Word Documents.
7) Research Paper & Oral/Case “MUST” be Different
Topics need to be “Approved.” Min: 15 minute Oral Presentation on Sport Psychology
Topic. Prepare “Outline” for Class and Professor. No Exceptions!! Topics due in
Writing to Professor. See Professor for: Undergraduate Requirements.
Final Research Paper: Topics need to be “approved” by Professor in Writing. “No
Changes Allowed.” Min 11 pages “Single-Spaced”, Max: 13 Pages for Graduate. Min 9
Pages “Single-Spaced”, Max: 11 Pages for Undergraduate. No Exceptions; Minimum:
(8-10) References/ APA Format with style and references. No Web-sites. Final Paper
Required for “All” Students. No Exceptions!!
H. Methods of Evaluation:
Class attendance and participation: 20%
Oral/Case Presentation: 15%
Final Research Paper: 20%
Final Exam: 20%
Required: Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Weinberg and Gould, J. (2011) 5th edition Human Kinetics
Required: Engh, F. Why Johnny Hates Sports
Not Required but recommended. Martens, R. Successful Coaching,HK
Powell, R. We Own This Game
Mastrich, J. Really Winning
Snow, R. Pushing Forward
Human Kinetics: SportParent
ITF: Being a Better Tennis Parent
Petitpas, Champagne, Chartrand, Danish, and Murphy. Athlete’s Guide to Career
USTA: USA Tennis Parents’ Guide
CHAPTERS IN TEXT:
J. Date of Syllabus: January , 2011.