Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Graduate Programs

Description

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology helps students develop a theoretical base in the discipline of sport, exercise, and performance psychology and prepares students, coaches, and consultants to apply their knowledge to performance enhancement issues associated with competitive athletics, performance, and exercise settings. Students work directly with local university, high school, and recreational athletes. The courses and work with performers and athletes count towards certification. 

Majors

Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Sport and Exercise Psychology MA MA - Master of Arts
  • Mankato
36 / 36
Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology MS MS - Master of Science
  • Mankato
36 / 36

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology follows the College of Graduate Studies and Research policies. Our admission policy includes: 

Policy:

  • Deadline to apply is February 1st for enrollment in August.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. 
  • Personal statement 
  • Three letters of recommendation written by professors, advisors, or supervisors (employers, coaches, etc.) who can speak to your success in graduate school. 
  • Resume/CV 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • TOEFL ibt results of 80 or IELTS results of 6.5 on the academic examination.
  • Credential Evaluation prepared by a National Association of Credentials Evaluation Service member. 

Contact Information

1400 Highland Center

http://ahn.mnsu.edu/sportpsychology/

Faculty

500 Level

Credits: 3

Legal and theoretical bases for teaching physical education to students with disabilities. First course in D/APE sequence.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Evaluation of motor skills and fitness among students with disabilities.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course contains content associated with achieving entry-level certifications for wellness coaching. Health behavior change strategies are emphasized within the context of the health coaching theory, coaching relationship skills, well-being assessment, and goal setting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Studying abroad is a transformative experience that has the power to challenge our thinking and our perspective on the world. This experiential course will help you become a global citizen, develop intercultural competence, and enhance your abilities to work in health-related fields with diverse clients and patients. Specifically, we will be participating in intercultural activities before the study abroad and several cultural immersion activities while abroad (e.g., participating in a traditional cultural ceremony).

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Develop teaching strategies, curricular programming, and adaptations/modifications for students with disabilities in secondary physical education settings. Application of these strategies in fieldwork experiences with students with disabilities in physical education/DAPE settings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course will examine the biomechanical basis of human movement as well as the use of movement analysis technologies. Application to activities of daily living, sport, and exercise will be investigated.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The indepth study of the planning, development, and management of sport facilities (athletics, recreation, fitness/wellness centers, physical education, etc.) utilizing and working with partners, vendors and expert resources.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for lower body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis, and lumbar spine. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for upper body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the head, cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder complex, arm and elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Theory, strategies, and best practices for teaching physical education to students with mental retardation, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder, and multiple disabilities accompanying mental retardation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Reviews the contextual issues and health policies in the workplace. Efficacy of best practices in worksite wellness strategies, employee engagement, program design and implementation, and program assessment are explored.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

To introduce interested students, professionals, and coaching licensure candidates to the psychological literature and latest techniques associated with coaching in an athletic setting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Study of techniques of consulting in D/APE with the spectrum of individuals involved in the IEP process, including but not limited to: students with disabilities, general physical education teachers, other school professionals and support service personnel, families/parents, peer tutors, and community agencies, to enhance the learning of students with disabilities both within and outside the classroom setting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The purposes of this course are to expand students¿ awareness of global sport management principles and obtain firsthand experience in international sport through studying abroad. The course will address ethics, marketing, event management, finance, and challenges/issues in international sport management.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Supervised experience in a public school varsity/junior varsity sport setting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A course designed to provide experience for persons seeking leadership roles in institutions housing programs of rehabilitative cardiovascular exercise and risk factor intervention.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 542. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply their skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 453. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply their skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Content is variable and based on special topic.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Students will learn about Sport Tourism Theory and will apply those theoretical concepts through a hands-on experience with a Sport Tourism event. Topics that will be covered include sport tourism management, marketing, sustainability, research and issues/trends as well as the economic, social, and environmental impact of sport tourism.

Prerequisites: none

600 Level

Credits: 3

Assess physiological and activity-related risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including compliance with ACSM physical activity guidelines and sedentary time. Critique models for examining metabolic responses to exercise at different domains of exercise intensity. Apply various prescription models for enhancing aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Examine the role of cytokines for augmenting or attenuating oxidative stress. Conceptualize how exercise or thermoregulation alters peripheral and central vascular control and pressure-volume regulation of the heart.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

A study of laboratory experiences, for advanced exercise physiology students, including various anaerobic, body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, lactate threshold, and spirometry assessments.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

An in-depth study of the nutritional needs of athletes and other active individuals, including discussion of current research in the area.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Students will gain an understanding of the anatomic and pathologic concepts necessary to assess musculoskeletal injury. The course is designed for athletic training and other health care related students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the profession of athletic training, as well as an overview of essentials principles of athletic training. Emphasis will be on the history of the profession, career opportunities and job settings; recognition, prevention, and care of athletic injuries; pre-participation physical exams, emergency preparation and procedures, environmental illnesses, tissue healing; proper selection, care, and use of protective equipment, taping, wrapping, bracing procedures. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Developing curriculum in physical education focusing on current theories and models, factors influencing curriculum, scope and sequence, scheduling, and assessing curricula.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Investigation of advanced concepts in exercise physiology, specifically focusing on neuromuscular physiology, the body's adaptation to resistance training, periodization for strength and power, and application of resistance training concepts to special populations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, applied and theoretical research, and validity and reliability methods used in the disciplines of physical education, human performance, and exercise science.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Legal, philosophical, and practical bases of including students of all abilities and in general physical education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course provides an introduction to both research methodology and statistical concepts in the discipline of human performance. This course focuses on the development of research design and choice of appropriate statistics to address a research question.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Best practices utilizing models of teaching, learning styles, and instructional strategies in physical education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Hereditary and environmental factors of typical and atypical motor development across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The theory and application of the use of physical therapeutic modalities including cyrotherapy and thermotherapy, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrical nerve stimulation, iontophoresis, diathermy, intermittent compression, traction, LASER, massage and manual therapies in the treatment of injury/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This course also includes the principles of tissue healing, pain and pain control. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course will provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to rehabilitate and/or recondition athletic and physically active patients who suffer a wide variety of injury, both surgical and non-surgical, associated with their activity(ies). The theory and application of rehabilitation and reconditioning techniques includes retraining strength, power and endurance, restoration of flexibility and range of motion, activity specific conditioning, proprioception and balance, and agility. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Discussion and research relating to current emphases in early childhood/elementary/secondary school physical education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course provides students with opportunities to develop a philosophy, values and moral reasoning skills, to explore and clarify their career goals, to sharpen critical thinking skills for analyzing ethical problems in the sport business and generating possible solutions.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Study of advanced biomechanical principles related to physical activity, exercise, and sport performance applications, as well as theory and research foundations for understanding motor skill acquisition and factors that influence the learning of motor skills.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Knowledge base in observation, observation models, techniques of coding and analyzing, developing observation skills, challenges to observation, and observations in various environments.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The study of neuroanatomical structure, function, and clinical assessment of the central and peripheral neurologic systems. The application and evaluation of the etiology, pathology, assessment and recognition, and the development of a treatment or management plan, including the need for a referral for neurological injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The theory, application, analysis, and evaluation of the use of manual therapy techniques including PNF, joint mobilization, soft tissue and myofascial tissue mobilization techniques, massage, and instrument assisted manual techniques in the treatment of injury/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Introductory course to the research processes involved in the fields of physical education, exercise science, and human performance. Coverage of various types of research designs and writing of the research paper is a major intent of this course.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Advanced study of the pharmacology knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to monitor and educate patients regarding appropriate pharmacological agents for the management of their condition. This includes indications, contraindications, dosing, proper administration, interactions, and adverse reactions of medications to be used by the patient upon the order of a physician or other provider with legal prescribing authority. Designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The concepts of innovation and sustainable development, which includes social, economic and environmental aspects, is problematized in a contemporary sport business context.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

An in-depth study of sport management theories, policies, objectives, and strategies applied to sport marketing through the functions and areas of sport sponsorships, sales and broadcast, and print media.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Advanced study of managing sporting events covering the policies, strategies and tactics used including planning, budgeting, organization, human resources, risk management, and operations of conducting a successful sporting event.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Advanced study of general medical pathology knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to assess and manage or assist other health care professionals in the management of injuries and illnesses incurred during or exacerbated by physical activity or athletic participation. Designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course provides students with an introduction to career paths in sport and exercise psychology. Students will also begin to earn hours for a certification in applied sport psychology as part of the course requirements.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Psychological parameters that affect performance in athletic and exercise settings. Emphasis on theoretical and scholarly literature associated with exercise and sport psychology. Practical application of psychological principles in sport and exercise dimensions will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A seminar/discussion format course dealing with current issues within the multidisciplinary profession of sports medicine. A course directed toward disciplines dealing with all dimensions of the physically active individual.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

International Sport Business Ethics and Diversity examines business ethics, culture, society, critical issues and controversies to prepare sport business leaders for a dynamic and diverse industry.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This is an advanced graduate seminar focused on applying knowledge towards the practice of sport and exercise psychology. This class focuses specifically on how to implement sport and exercise psychology principles as consultants, coaches, teachers, and/or other professionals.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Identification and assessment of physical activity and fitness in health, lifespan, and various chronic diseases.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course examines the theory and research of the psychology of exercise and behavior change, as well as how to integrate these theories into practice. Students will have opportunities to integrate learning into their personal lives.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Knowledge base on fitness levels of children and youth, assessing physical fitness levels, and developing physical fitness programs in the schools.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course examines ethical issues that impact the field of sport and exercise psychology including ethical standards and codes. Students will learn how ethical issues influence consultation and develop ways to deal with ethical dilemmas that may arise in in their work.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines the institution of sport from a sociological perspective. The intent of the course is to identify and discuss ways in which societal values affect the character of spot and vise versa, and better understand the positive and negative consequences of the way sport if organized in our society.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course will emphasize the management functions of planning, organizing, implementing, and controlling. Decision-making, problem-solving, communication, ethics, sport law, and leadership. Personnel management issues will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines a variety of topics related to the management of sport organizations. Topics include internship/career opportunities, social-cultural issues, ethical issues, mass communication, sport governance, economic issues, fund-raising, event/facility management, licensing, copyright issues, and labor relations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course covers digital marketing analytics in international sport business.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Current issues impacting developmental/adapted physical education; with emphasis on examining, comparing, contrasting, and identifying solutions to problems and issues with reference to state and federal physical education/motor development services.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Methods used in learning to interpret electrocardiograms plus a solid foundation of its application and history.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course covers international sport finance, economics and economic impact analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Theory, new techniques, and best practices of assessing across the physical education curriculum.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines basic financial and managerial accounting concepts necessary to be financially literate in the business of sport. Budgeting and fundraising concepts will also be addressed. Analysis into the understanding of corporate financial workings in the sport industry will equip the student with essential management tools.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course covers the main legal and governance issues facing the world of international sport business today.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The advanced study of legal aspects of sport with emphasis constitutional and statutory law, negligence and risk management, intellectual property, and contract law. The use of case law study and application to sport settings is utilized.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Advanced study of the principles of marketing of or through sport including marketing analysis, development of a marketing management plan, promotion, place, price, public relations, product as applied to sport and the sport industry.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of one's personal experiences related to the teaching of physical education as well as a review of practitioner and research-based articles to enhance one's teaching ability in physical education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course covers the principles of health care organization, administration, and professional development as applied to various athletic training employment settings. Students will gain an emphasis on the administrative and managerial duties of the athletic trainer including management, leadership, organizational structure, planning, budgeting, facility design, information management, regulation of athletic training, as well as legal and ethical considerations. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course provides understanding and application of the psychology of sport and injury. Topics include psychological concerns, psycho-social antecedents of injury, psychological skills to implement with patients who are injured as a result of participation in athletics and physical activity.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course covers media and communications in the world of international sport business.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Acquaints the student with the terminology, theory, and principles of skill acquisition in the sport and physical activity setting. . . as well as factors influencing that acquisition. Critical Analysis of research literature will also be part of this course.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Opportunity for in-depth studies when specific human performance course is not available to accommodate the student. Consultation with the faculty member is an important part of developing such topics that meet the individual study arrangement.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

An arranged readings course of selected professional literature relating to physical education, human performance, exercise science, and sport studies. The student in consultation with a professor determines the specific body of scholarly literature that will be emphasized during the course.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This is an advanced graduate seminar that will involve the oversight of practicum activities in sport, exercise and performance psychology. Cases will be presented by each graduate student to stimulate direct and indirect supervision. Ethical, multicultural and legal issues associated with applied work will be discussed.Grading Method

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This is an advanced graduate seminar focused on cultural sport psychology and how to work with diverse populations in the field. This class will explore multicultural counseling theories and competencies as well as additional topics including oppression, discrimination, biases, prejudices, white privilege and acculturation to assist sport psychology professionals in being cultural competent.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level care of patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment and serve as a capstone experience.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level of care for patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment, serve as a capstone experience, and assist the student in preparation for the athletic training Board of Certification examination.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Using a population health management perspective, students will gain a strong foundation in the physiology of exercise as medicine and the application of exercise prescription in coordination with the healthcare team.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide a rigorous, comprehensive hands-on learning experience for students majoring in Sport Management. This more closely supervised field experience requires a rigorous time and energy commitment from students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

In this course, students will develop and present evidence-based solutions to community-driven questions. Students will integrate academic research into real-world project development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-10

Designed to provide the student with hands-on experience in the area of corporate and community fitness.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course will provide students with the academic and research skills necessary to be a successful graduate student. Students will also be introduced to career paths and capstone research topics in exercise physiology.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

Course requires completion of alternate plan paper.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Course requires completion of a manuscript submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisite: graduate student/professor consent

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-10

Supervised field experience related to the student's academic specialization associated with the disciplines of human performance. Disciplines include the following: College Teaching, Sport Management, Public School Teaching, D/APE, Intramural-Recreational Sports Management, Elementary Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Course requires completion of thesis paper.

Prerequisites: none