Applied Sport Psychology - Psychological Skills Training

person icon Keith Begley

Applied Sport Psychology - Psychological Skills Training

Optimize your mindset to maximize performance - mental skills for coaches and athletes

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Keith Begley

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Course Description

With over 4 and a half hours of practical content, consisting of 23 video lectures, this course is presented as a comprehensive applied sport psychology course for sports coaches and athletes or anybody considering some learning in this area. The course is pitched at a very attainable level to cater for all learners and includes numerous resources and examples from contemporary sport.

With over 12 years applied experience in sport psychology and psychological skills training delivery to athletes, ranging from juvenile  to elite international performers, I have developed this course to help you broaden your understanding of psychological skills training and sport psychology in an easy and practical manner. With applied references to the most cutting edge research in various aspects of psychological skills training (PST) including visualization, attentional focus, self-talk, performance profiling and goal setting, relaxation, deep breathing and arousal regulation, this course references numerous examples of how the best teams, coaches and athletes apply best practice in utilization of these principles in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

Using a series of multiple choice quizzes and a complimentary work-book with numerous applied tasks, this applied course is designed to significantly enhance your knowledge in this area as an athlete or coach.  It also includes complimentary deep breathing, relaxation and visualisation exercises with some practical advice around implementing such practices. Those who finish the course will receive certification on completion. 

See the drop-down menus on the Course Content tab below for the level of depth across 4 units of work.

Thank you for taking the time to research this course. I look forward to you signing up and seeing you on the other side, where you will greatly enhance your knowledge in this area.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Sport Psychology - The Role of a Sport Psychologist.
  • Unit 2 - Individual Considerations Within Sport - Performance Stress and Anxiety Regulation, Attention Control and Processing Efficiency
  • Unit 3 - Psychological Skills Training (PST) - Attentional Focus, Self Talk and Confidence, Visualization / Imagery, Performance Profiling and Goal-setting
  • Unit 4 - Health and Well-being For Performance - Resilience / Mental Toughness Development, Anxiety, Athletic Identity, Burnout and Over-training.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No pre-requisites but it might help if you are an athlete or coach looking to learn more about sport psychology and how you can improve your performance or your athlete's performance with use of mental skills / psychological skills training.
Applied Sport Psychology - Psychological Skills Training


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Unit 1 - Course Introduction
3 Lectures
  • play icon Course Information 01:59 01:59
  • play icon Course Welcome 01:42 01:42
  • play icon Introduction To Sport Psychology And Role of Sport Psychologist. 08:44 08:44
Unit 2 - Considerations for Psychological Skills Training
7 Lectures
Unit 3 - Applied Psychological Skills Training (PST)
10 Lectures
Unit 4 - Health and Well-being for Performance
7 Lectures

Instructor Details

Keith Begley

Keith Begley

Sport Psychology Consultant

With over 20 years coaching experience, I am an accredited sport psychology consultant with Sport Ireland Institute and registered with British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES).

I have acted as a performance psychologist to IABA international boxers (junior) and Irish international athletes (junior and senior), up to and including Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games level while I have also consulted successfully with numerous championship and league winning elite level senior hurling and football teams (GAA) at inter-county level. My experience also includes working with representative rugby players and various athletes up to elite level in golf, rowing, tennis, badminton, soccer and swimming among other sports. Previously, I have acted as a manager, skills and strength & conditioning coach with football and hurling teams from development to elite level. 

Generally, I provide performance psychology and leadership support for leaders, coaches and athletes across a variety of areas. In 2015, I designed a sport psychology module for the Gaelic Athletic Association's (GAA) coach education programme. The module is for nationwide delivery of the Award 2 GAA coaching course in both hurling and Gaelic football. I currently deliver on this award for Dublin GAA and Leinster GAA as a Coach Education Tutor with Leinster GAA through Coaching Ireland.

From a well-being perspective, I have a broad range of experience across sport and education. After teaching Physical Education (BSc) for 14 years, a career change saw me working in education and youth mental health as a Home School Community Liaison with TUSLA for 6 years. Through this role, I have organised and delivered on community and school well-being programmes, and currently sit on a national committee for the development of a well-being programme for all second level schools in Ireland.

Throughout this period, I have been coaching and managing adult sports teams up to and including elite level in Gaelic sports (GAA - Hurling and Gaelic Football). 

I hold an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Distinction) from the Institute for Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP), University of Wales, Bangor and have peer reviewed research published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (JASP) regarding attentional focus, self-talk and skill execution in elite sport. I also hold postgraduate qualifications in educational leadership, coach development and training. 

Husband of one, and father of three, I still remain an avid exerciser and enjoy a game of golf when my time allows.

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