Concentration in Sports Psychology

Describe, explain, and predict factors affecting sport participation and performance.

Curriculum Overview

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Focus on theoretical research or applied practice, with an emphasis on describing, explaining, and predicting factors affecting sport participation and performance. Our curriculum is derived from cognitive, developmental, educational, experimental, and social psychology, as well as from the basic understanding of sport and its varied demands. You will study the psychosocial factors that influence sport participation and performance, including:

  • sport personality
  • motivation
  • exercise adherence
  • group/team development
  • stress management
  • attention and concentration
  • imagery and visualization
  • psychological skills training
  • leadership development
  • communication skills training

Graduate Job Ready

Examples of careers of recent graduates include:

  • Collegiate coaches in football, crew, swim/dive, basketball, soccer, and more
  • Collegiate athletic trainer (with NATA certification)
  • Sport psychology consultant with an internationally reknowned athletic performance enhancement group
  • Sport psychology / wellness consultant with a major medical fitness/wellness center
  • Research coordinator at a world renowned medical center
  • Collegiate athletic director
  • Sport psychology consultant and coach with a major mid-western sports training complex
  • Sport psychology consultants with major league baseball organizations (Astros, Cubs, Red Sox)

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