The aim of this Diploma is to give you the foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Course elements include aspects of motivation, the role of stress and team dynamics, and is designed for you to equipped with knowledge on how to change behaviour in a sporting context.
Students will be introduced to the concept of motivation and the relevance of a person’s personality type. They will learn about the role self-confidence plays in your day to day behaviour in relation to exercise. The concept of stress, an ever growing factor, in how we behave is discussed. Goal setting is examined in depth, and the challenges which we present to ourselves by placing too much pressure to attain too many goals.
Course Structure and Assessment
The Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology runs for 11 weeks (part-time), one evening per week from 6.30-9.30pm. Participants will be assessed on completing a written assignment as well as an observational journal in a group following a class field trip.
Professional Footballer John Sullivan giving a guest lecture on the impact of psychology, nutrition and sports management has in Professional Football.
You should have an interest in sports and psychology and wish to expand your knowledge in this area.
This course can assist people pursuing careers in:
- Coaches in professional and amateur sports clubs
- Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coaching
- Managers in Gyms and Fitness Centres
- Youth and Community Coaching
- Personal Training
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Lecturer Profile: James Claffey
James has eight years lecturing experience chiefly in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He holds an Honours degree in Recreation, Sport & Exercise and has also completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is registered with BASES (the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences) as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
As well as lecturing, James works one to one with individual athletes and teams in the Sport and Exercise Psychology arena. He has over 12 years experience in Sports Coaching and the educational training area. James also also developed the Sport Psychology module for Quality & Qualifications Ireland, which is delivered by a number of third level institutions nationwide.
James has a wide and diverse range of industry experience which includes working with awarding bodies such as NCEF, IFP, ITEC, BTEC , FETAC, HETAC, QQI, and ISTD.
“I found the diploma course in IBAT to be to be very interesting and rewarding. As a keen sports person, I felt the course provided me with a means of studying psychology through the lens of sport. I would highly recommend the diploma to any athlete, former athlete or coach as you can relate your own experiences to the material presented.
The diploma course covers many diverse topics from the physical anatomy of the brain to goal setting in our everyday lives; all taught with the most up to date and relevant information in the field.
James Claffey, our lecturer for the course created an open environment where everyone was encouraged to give their thoughts and experiences on a topic or issue. I found this environment be very beneficial, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere and a bond within the group. James does not just teach about sports psychology but lives out his work with his involvement in football teams and other sporting groups.
Overall, I found this to be a very rewarding and worthwhile course, and would highly recommend it.”. - Eoin Reynolds
“ I cannot recommend this Diploma highly enough. Whether you are involved in sport as an individual or as part of a team or have an interest in sports psychology this is an excellent course. The knowledge and interest of the lecturer James Claffey in sports psychology is evident from the first class and didn't waiver. Every module was so interesting I found myself wanting to know more. ”. - Judi Dockery
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