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As an OERu course, learners are not required to purchase any prescribed texts. All study materials are available as Open Educational Resources or open access publications.

You will find this page to be a useful reference point whilst studying these micro-courses.

Introduction to the course

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Elite sport features in the lives of huge numbers of people around the world, while the global sport market is estimated to be worth in excess of $500 billion dollars a year and growing steadily. Understanding and influencing psychological aspects of sport performance represents a complex and intriguing challenge. This open online micro-course provides a foundational level experience of theories that explain the impact of psychological factors on sport behaviour, and exposure to performance enhancement strategies that are commonly applied in the elite sport environment. It seeks to provide a foundation for further study of the theory and practices of sport psychology.

The target audiences for this micro-course are:

  • students who wish to develop their interest in the psychology of elite sport, perhaps with a view to pursuing further formal study in the area;
  • existing practitioners in the world of sport who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of sport psychology; and
  • others who seek to extend their knowledge and understanding of sport psychology.

Upon successful completion of this 40-hour course, students will be able to:

  • explain how psychological factors influence sport performance;
  • outline psychological strategies that are used to enhance sport performance; and
  • use digital tools to research, analyse, and present information related to psychological perspectives of elite sport performance.

Sequence of study for this course

This micro-course is designed to take approximately 40 hours to complete. It is divided into two segments of 5 hours each, and two segments of 15 hours each. Those who wish to be assessed for course credit will submit one assignment.

In order, the Tasks are:


Reference materials

The reference material for this course includes four chapters of an e-textbook that can be downloaded. Click on the chapter titles to download. These chapters are designed to be viewed online. There is an option to print but the interactive elements will be lost.

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More chapters will be made available soon.

Open access online journals

The following open access online journals are all searchable at the article level. Students can also browse for articles or other open access journals through the Directory of Open Access Journals which has an excellent search facility.

Useful links

Many of the resources on these sites are free.