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Concentration in Mental Performance

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

Curriculum Overview

Not only learn the psychological factors influencing performance, but gain with it the applicable skillsets 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. Be it mental performance consulting, research, counseling, or wanting to enrich established knowledge as coaches and athletic trainers, all will find applicable value within this program. 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 is a renaming of our Sport Psychology concentration. The overall focus & educational objectives remain the same, with only slight curriculum modifications.

Areas of Concentration

  • PRESCRIBING APPLIED MENTAL TRAINING

  • MOTIVATION, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM DYNAMICS

  • CULTURAL & DEVELOPMENTAL FACTORS IN SPORTS

  • PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC THEORIES & TECHNIQUES

  • COUNSELING INJURED ATHLETES

  • PREVALENT DISORDERS WITHIN ATHLETE POPULATIONS

  • MOTOR LEARNING & SKILL ACQUISITION

  • DECISION MAKING UNDER PRESSURE

  • PERFORMANCE ANXIETY & APPLIED INTERVENTIONS

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 registration 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:

  • MLB Sport psychology consultants (Astros, Cubs, Red Sox)

  • Collegiate coaches and athletic trainers

  • High ranking military officers

  • Major medical wellness clinic consultants

  • Research coordinators of world renowned medical centers

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Questions?

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