SMP Courses

KIN 8136: Sports Medicine Psychology

Advanced seminar course examining multidisciplinary contributors to sports medicine psychology, defined as theory, research and practice in the behavioral and social aspects of injury prevention and injury experiences among physically active populations across the lifespan. Topics follow a chronological injury sequence from promoting holistic health and preventing physical activity injury through risk reduction strategies; to developing effective psychosocial and mental health services and reducing psychological distress among injured populations during rehabilitation; and through addressing the biopsychosocial aspects of return to activity and managing the longitudinal consequences of injury. Multidisciplinary approach of the course relies on literatures in sport & exercise psychology, sports medicine, developmental psychology, pubic health/epidemiology, prevention science, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, rehabilitation psychology, health psychology, social psychology, sport & exercise sociology, behavioral medicine, measurement, and neuropsychology to support integrated discussion topics. Focus is on examining theory and research surrounding the specific nature of sport and physical activity injuries, and the psychological and social circumstances surrounding the injury experience for patients and the professions that work with them. Graduate students from the following types of majors and disciplines will find this course relevant to their studies: kinesiology, prevention science, educational psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, social psychology, health psychology, and sports medicine

KIN 5723: Psychology of Sport Injury

This course adopts a broad based view of the psychological and social bases of the sport injury experience, including the following: sport socioculture surrounding playing with pain and injury, psychological and social risk factors affecting sport injury vulnerability, psychosocial responses and adjustment to the occurrence of sport injury, sport professional influences on rehabilitation processes, and mental aspects of athlete return to sport and life. The content of the course focuses on theoretical and research foundations of sport injury psychology as a grounding for understanding the implications this knowledge holds toward various kinesiology-based careers that intersect with injured athlete care. Structure of the course delivery includes lectures, discussions, interviews, audiovisual content, and student presentation experienes. The target audience comprises applied kinesiology practitioners who are, will be, or intend to intersect with sports medicine, such as athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, physical education teachers, health and fitness professionals, and sport psychology consultants.

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