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Sports Psychology Diploma Course

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How are the great sports personalities different from us? Is it that they do things differently or are they made for sports? The answer is yes to both of these questions. They are indeed different, as they think like winners. It is here that sports psychology can be used to analyse the success of athletes.

Sports psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws its foundations from biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It is the study of how our minds play an important role in performance and partaking in sports. You can learn more about it with the Sports Psychology Diploma Course.

What You Will Learn

  1. What is Sports psychology?
  2. How to Achieve Attention & Concentration
  3. Time Management
  4. Manage Stress
  5. Become a Winner
  6. Sports Psychology for Parents
  7. Sports Psychology and Marketing
  8. A Career as a Sports Psychologist

Using stories as simple as The Hare and Tortoise and as grand as David and Goliath, the 1st module of the course uses these examples to explain Sports Psychology, and how the thought processes of winners can make all the difference in competition and in life. The module then goes on to explain the place of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and decision making within sports psychology.

The 2nd module of the Sports Psychology Diploma Course discusses the importance of mental strength in a number of areas, to aid success. This covers: attention and concentration, motivation (both intrinsic and extrinsic), mind control, the various types of psychotherapy, self-esteem, handling pressure, and staying in the zone.

It is important to understand no matter which skill or sport you wish to gain mastery of, time management will make or break you. The 3rd module is a practical guide on how to set your priorities and goals, and work towards them tenaciously to achieve your dreams.

The route to success is never easy and along the way there will be doubts and stress. The 4th module of the Sports Psychology Diploma Course offers a number of techniques that a sports psychologist may employ and suggest to combat the stresses their clients suffer from. These include: sleep relaxation, massage, EFT (Emotional freedom technique), yoga, meditation, mindfulness, positive affirmations, and diet.

Success in sport is rarely a solo effort and whether there it is a solo or team sport, there is always a team of people working towards success. The 5th module explains how to become an effectual leader, as well as discussing how to properly set goals, overcome obstacles, and use visualisation to be successful.

The success of a sportsperson, is not just the result of their hard work but also of those who support them, aside from coaches and team members, it is the further support network that is relied on to help them through; the friends and parents. Module 6 of the Sports Psychology Diploma Course discusses the role of parents in the nurturing of talent, explaining how parents can help their child to succeed, as well as how to deal with, recover from, and build up from failure.

The 7th module discusses the place of marketing and sponsorship within sports, from a psychological standpoint. This explains the various reasons why companies would sponsor a sports personality or team and the different ways in which they may do this, depending on what they hope to achieve.

The 8th and final module of the Sports Psychology Diploma Course exposes students to the role of a sports psychologist. This explains areas such as: the required level of education needed, salary expectations, what a typical day and various sessions could look like within the role, and ways in which you could expand your business in this area.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Sports Psychology Diploma Course is primarily aimed at anyone who is interested in pursuing a career as a sports psychologist, but would like to understand more about the role before entering higher education, and those who are training in any sport but would like to advance their mental prowess to match their physical training.

The course can also be followed as a general interest topic for those with an interest in psychology and/or sports and would like to gain a better understanding of this specialism.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Sports Psychology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


  • 'I think and therefore I can'

Module 1: What is Sports Psychology?

  • Cognition & Motor Behaviour Decision Making
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 1
  • Questions Module 1

Module 2: How to Achieve Attention & Concentration

  • Motivation
  • 'Stop wishing and start doing'
  • What is intrinsic motivation? Case study
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Mind Control
  • Psychotherapy
  • Kinds of Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis
  • Rational emotive therapy Hypnosis
  • Transactional analysis
  • Boost self-confidence Handling Pressure
  • Stay in the Zone
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 2
  • Questions Module 2

Module 3: Time Management

  • Set priorities
  • Training Routines
  • Stop procrastination
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 3
  • Questions Module 3

Module 4: Manage Stress

  • Sleep Relaxation Techniques
  • Relaxation Massage
  • What is EFT? (Emotional freedom technique)
  • Process
  • How does EFT work?
  • Yoga
  • Suryanamaskar
  • Easier Poses for Flexibility
  • Relaxation Through Meditation
  • Origin of the word meditation & short history
  • Mindfulness
  • The Meditation Process
  • A Simple Mindfulness Meditation Exercise
  • Use Affirmation to Think Positive
  • Cancel the negative thoughts
  • Visualise the positive thoughts regularly
  • Experiment with good and bad words and feel the difference Diet
  • Comfort minus calories Bring it on!
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Multiple choice Questions Module 4
  • Questions Module 4

Module 5: Become a Winner

  • Leadership
  • Setting clear goals
  • The traits of a leader
  • Giving and receiving respect
  • Role model for your team
  • Putting your team first
  • Celebrating success
  • Don't get into the way
  • Authority with responsibility
  • Make available resources
  • Supervise unobtrusively
  • Leadership mistaken as power over others
  • Team building
  • Visualisation
  • Creating Enduring Mental Symbols of Failure and Success Treasure Map
  • Visualisation or Treasure Mapping
  • Guided Imagery or Guided Visualisation
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 5
  • Questions Module 5

Module 6: Sports Psychology for Parents

  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 6
  • Questions Module 6

Module 7: Sports Psychology and Marketing

  • How to get sponsorship
  • Sponsorship works in multiple ways
  • Simple Awareness
  • Affect Transfer
  • Image Transfer
  • Affiliation
  • Brand Endorsements
  • Social Marketing
  • Multiple Choice Questions Module 7
  • Questions Module 7

Module 8: A Career as a Sports Psychologist

  • Why is Sports Psychology Important?
  • The Role of a Sports Psychologist
  • Athlete Performance
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Coping Mechanisms
  • Team building
  • Motivation
  • Recovery
  • Military specialist
  • What are the Education Requirements?
  • Employment Outlook for Sports Psychologists
  • What is the Average Salary for a Sports Psychologist?
  • What is a typical day like as a Sports Psychologist?
  • The Structure a Sports Psychology Sessions
  • Example of a Sports Psychology Session with an Athlete
  • Example Topics for Group Presentations to Sports Teams
  • Positive Aspects of the Role
  • Disadvantages of Being a Sports Psychologist?
  • The personality traits of a successful sports psychologist?
  • Words of caution to a student who is considering studying to become a sports psychologist?
  • Ideas for Growing Your Sports Psychology Business
  • Questions Module 8

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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