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Concentration in Mental Performance

Describe, explain, and predict factors affecting practice and performance.

Curriculum Overview

This concentration allows students to learn psychological factors influencing performance and to gain  applicable skill sets to help athletes overcome setbacks and enhance their existing capabilities. Over the course of this graduate program, expertise increases as focus narrows towards the topics reflecting each student’s specific interests and career considerations. Any student with sport related career aspirations would find this program valuable.  This concentration is specifically designed for students interested in working with athletes a mental performance coach (students can pursue Certified Mental Performance Consultant/Coach (CMPC) credentials) or wanting to enrich their knowledge of mental training as a coach, athletic trainer, or strength & conditioning or health/fitness/wellness specialist.  

Through our Thesis track, students can develop their research skills  preparing for doctoral/PhD studies in Sport Sciences, Sport Psychology or Mental Health Fields.   It is the goal of each student to obtain a better understanding of what makes elite performers. It is our goal to guide you in best facilitating it.

Please note: the Mental Performance concentration was renamed in 2021 changing the title of the from Sport Psychology to Mental Performance. The overall focus & educational objectives remain the same, with slight curriculum modifications to match CMPC requirements for students pursuing mental performance credentialing while maintaining our unique mental training education experience for professionals in sport, health, and wellness fields.

Pick a Thesis or Two Non Thesis Tracks to Specialize in an Area of Your Choice

Ideal for student planning doctoral /PhD work, but available for any student wanting to develop research skills.  Students complete a independent thesis under mentorship of two faculty.

Example Theses from Former Students

Designed for students pursuing credentialing as a Certified Mental Performance consultant and pursuing careers in mental performance coaching.  Opportunities for obtaining mentored hours exist in Practicuum and/or Internship coursework.

Example classes/experiences include:

  • Diversity in Sport and Exercise

  • Advanced Communication and Facilitation Skills in Sport and Exercise

  • Theories and Issues in Performance Enhancement in Sport and Exercise

Ideal for coaches, athletic trainers, strength & conditioning specialists, health/wellness/fitness specialists, or anyone working with clients wanting to have have knowledge and skills in mental performance to give their clients an edge and optimize performance.

Example classes include:

  • Team Building & Motivation

  • Leadership

  • Development of Expertise

Explore our Academic Catalog for course information and requirements in both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Careers Opportunities

This program prepares students to meet external certification requirements by the Association For Applied Sports Psychology in becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). Some of the careers by past students have included:

  • Major League Baseball Mental Skills Coordinator/Coach (Astros, Cubs, Red Sox, Diamondbacks)

  • NCAA & Professional Sports Teams Coaches and Athletic Trainers

  • US Armed Forces Department of Defense Contracted Mental Performance Coaches (e.g. Cognitive Performance Coach/Specialist, Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert)

  • Medical/Wellness Clinic Consultants/Health Coaches

  • Research Coordinators of World Renowned Medical Centers

Ready to apply? 

Familiarize yourself with our application requirements and process

Questions?

Deborah King
Graduate Program Chair
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ithaca College
324 Center for Health Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850