Sports Psychology


About the Program

A sport psychology major will provide you with the behavioral knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance the physical and mental performance of those participating in recreation, fitness, exercise and sport settings. By understanding the psychology associated with human movement, you will specialize in the context of sport and exercise performance and the strategies for achieving peak performance.

Work with Athletes

This major will better prepare students seeking careers in coaching, wellness management, sport management, life skills programming and physical rehabilitation. Many Olivet students work with patients in hospital wellness or rehabilitation programs as they recover from sports-related injuries.


  • Sports Psychologist

    Sport psychologists help athletes use psychological principles and skills to achieve optimal mental health and to improve performance. They understand how an individual’s participation in sport, exercise and physical activity affects their psychological development, health and well-being.

  • Personal Trainer

    A personal trainer creates and delivers safe and effective exercise programs for healthy individuals, groups or those with recovering from a physical ailment or surgery.

  • Coach

    Coaches give athletes the skills and abilities they need to excel at their specific sport. They are also tasked with teaching their charges the value of sportsmanship and teamwork and help fuel an athlete's competitive drive.

  • Sports Rehabilitation Therapist

    A sports rehabilitation therapist helps athletes with the psychological aspect of recovery. Often, the mental challenges can seem more difficult than the physical injuries suffered.

Courses in the Program

PSY 325 - Abnormal Psychology
HHP 301 - Social Psychology in Sport
HHP 401 - Kinesiology
SRM 410 - Sports Philosophy and Ethics
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