Steve R. Wininger, Ph. D.


PSY 340, Sport Psychology

Tentative course outline

Project descriptions & instructions
1) Performance comparison
2) Psychological benefits of exercise

Specific learning objectives
Questions for research articles


Research Methods & Statistics
How to read a research article
Threats to validity
Mediator vs. Moderator
Brief statistics primer
Primer on effect sizes (2009)
Calculating effect size
Practice quiz

Psychological skills training
Keys to implementing a successful PST program
Sport psychological skills inventory

Concentration & attentional focus
Cognitive orientations in marathon running (1998)

Arousal, stress, & anxiety
Catastrophe model
Parasympathetic & Sympathetic Nervous Systems
Competitive reflections handout
Stress management and athletic performance (1993)
Stress interventions

Common uses of imagery
Implementing successful imagery training

Self-confidence & self-fulfilling prophecy PP slides
Self-confidence scale
Self-fulfilling prophecy recommendations

Peak performance and expertise
Capturing naturally occurring superior performance (2007)
Peak experience, peak performance, and flow (1983)
Peak performance
Characteristics of flow

Maury Wills' story
Motivation PP slides
Exercise motivation: A cross sectional analysis (2010)
Attribution handout
Goal setting PP slides
Parental physical activity: Exploring the role of social support (2010)
Monitoring, evaluation, & stages PP slides

Psychological outcomes & exercise
Exercise intensity PP slides
Effects of 72 hours of exercise abstinence (2008)
Walking your way to a bigger brain

Problematic behaviors
Problem behaviors PP slides
Sports and character development (2006)

Youth sport
Youth sport PP slides
Volunteer youth sport coaches’ perspectives (2005)
Dingbats, dodos, and doozies (2006)
Websites of interest:

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Division 47 of APA 
Evaluating Internet Resources
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
National Alliance for Youth Sport
Human Kinetics Publisher
23 & 1/2 hours