SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

Sport Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that is acknowledged as a core discipline within Kinesiology and Physical Education. Sport Psychology involves the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and the practical applications of that knowledge. Most people study sport psychology with two objectives in mind: to understand how participation in sport and exercise influences psychological and social development, health, and well-being and to understand how psychological and social factors influence an individual’s behavioural outcomes (e.g., sport performance, exercise motivation). Sport psychology can be applied to a broad population base, such as elite or recreational athletes, youth, older adults, physically and/or mentally disabled, and chronic disease.