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School of Psychology
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PSP8082777, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SPORT AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARTA GHISI M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GHISI MARTA (Presidente)
BOTTESI GIOIA (Membro Effettivo)
CEREA SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
1 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 GHISI MARTA (Presidente)
BOTTESI GIOIA (Membro Effettivo)
CEREA SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Course attendance does not require any preliminary knowledge.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and technical-applicative competencies necessary to gain:
- Theoretical knowledge about the concepts of health and illness, as well as about the role of the factors that determine the adoption of healthy lifestyles;
- Theoretical knowledge aimed at facilitating the beginning and the maintenance of physical and sport activities in different populations;
- Applicative competencies to develop and monitor projects aimed at promoting active lifestyles, by means of physical and sport activities as tools to promote physical and mental health, as well as the individual and group well-being;
- Knowledge about the theoretical models and factors underlying physical and sport activity;
- Theoretical knowledge and applicative competencies aimed at organizing and conducting a multidimensional assessment aimed at obtaining an in-depth evaluation of both the resources and the psychological limitations of the athlete and/or the team, as well as of all the professionals involved in sport activity;
- Technical and methodological competencies aimed at developing tailored interventions for athletes, staff, sports club, referees, judges, and families involved in both elite and recreational sports;
- Theoretical knowledge and applicative competencies aimed at increasing and improving performance through mental training techniques and emotion and arousal regulation strategies;
- Applicative competences as well as professional skills that future psychologists will use at agencies that promote sport, sports federations, sports clubs (both recreational and competitive) integrating one’s own action with that of technicians and managers.
Examination methods: The exam exclusively consists in a written test. The test comprises two sections: the first section is made up of 10 completion questions, while the second section is made up of 5 questions with open response format. Both sections investigate course topics. Course topics may also be investigated through the evaluation of intervention proposals on specific cases and/or problem-solving strategies in the field of sport. The exam aims at assessing the degree to which the knowledge and the topics of the course have been acquired. One hour is the length of time available to complete the examination. The final mark is expressed as the sum of the scores obtained in the two sections of the examination: the maximus score is 10 in the first section (maximun one point per correct answer), the maximus score is 20 in the second section (maximun four points per correct answer). In the case of particularly specific, detailed and well-argued answers, "30 cum laude" is attributed.
Assessment criteria: The following will be verified:
- Completeness and accuracy in demonstrating learned competencies;
- Adequacy in the use of scientific language;
- Critical thinking and methodological skills acquired by the student;
- Abilities of integrating the course topics and critically re-elaborating the bibliographic materials;
- Ability to formulate a correct intervention proposal starting from the available information, by means of a critical thinking;
- Ability to justify clinical decisions by means of appropriate evidence.
Course unit contents: The course will focus on relevant topics in the field of sports psychology and health psychology, developing two main areas:
a) the promotion of psychological and physical health through the participation in physical/sport activities (sport for everybody);
b) the optimization of sports performance, examining the effects of psychological factors and personality features on performance.
Specifically, the course will address the following topics:
- The history of sports psychology;
- The role of sports psychologists at national and international levels;
- Physical activity as a vehicle of psychological and physical health in different age groups, in particular:
1. The concepts of health, well-being and illness, with reference to the theoretical bio-psycho-social model; beliefs, attitudes, intentions and healthy behaviors, adherence to the prescriptions of active lifestyles (compliance);
2. The use of physical activity both for the prevention and treatment of physical illnesses (eg., type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity) and mental diseases (eg., depression and psychosis), as well as stress management;
3. The role of psychological features in facilitating and maintaining physical activity in general population (in different age groups) and in patients with physical illnesses and psychological disorders;
- Sport as a possible risk factor for the development of psychological disorders in the athletes: eg, stress, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional eating patterns (eg., orthorexia nervosa) and eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and substance use and abuse;
- The role of psychological features and personality traits in improving sports performance; in particular:
1. Methods for collecting information through the verbal-subjective channel (interviews and self-report questionnaires), the behavioral-observational channel, and the psychophysiological channel. Assessment instruments are presented, as well as the modalities used in the assessment of athletes practicing individual sports or team sports, coaches, and professionals involved in sport activity.
2. The role played by psychological features on the athlete’s commitment and sport performance: motivation, locus of control, anger, impulsivity, anxiety and fears (eg., fear of failure, fear of making mistakes, and fear of injury); group dynamics, group cohesion, cooperation and conflict, assertiveness, self-esteem and self-efficacy, leadership, coping/resilience, perfectionism, and flow status.
3. Psychological interventions aimed at improving sport performance: emotions and arousal management through mental training techniques (eg., cognitive restructuring techniques, goal setting training, self-talk, and mental imagery), psychophysiological self-regulation techniques (eg., breathing exercises and techniques, relaxation techniques, and biofeedback); increasing awareness and concentration (eg., mindfulness); improvement of group dynamics (eg., team building assertive and motivational training).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: General descriptions of each topic, corroborated with examples, are provided during frontal lessons. Students, through the consultation of recommended readings, and Test Library tools, individually conduct further in-depth analyses of such topics. Critical thinking is promoted during lessons, by means of interactive classes and practical exercises.
With regard to practical exercises, videos and single cases are presented; critical discussions and/or proposals of interventions will be required, both on an individual level and in working groups with relative public discussion. Practical exercises will also include role-playing and exercises about the development and presentation of projects aiming at promoting physical activity and/or problem-solving in the field of sports followed by public discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the slides presented in class will be available on Moodle. Audio-video media and self-report questionnaires will be used (the attendance of the Test Library and the consultation of self-report questionnaires is recommended) to promote an in-depth knowledge of the course topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Fabio Lucidi, Sportivamente. Temi di psicologia dello sport. Milano: Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto, 2011. Escludere la Parte II (capitoli 5, 6, 7, 8 da pag. 109 a pag. 221). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tutto il materiale didattico disponibile in Moodle: slides, articoli e video usati a lezione, All the educational materials available on Moodle: slides, scientific articles and videos that will be used throughout the course. --: --, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities