Human Motor Control and Sport
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3BC30E
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryB3 (Third year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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I.N. Boumans, MSc
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dr. S. Klaperski-van der Wal
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.R. Koning
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dr. A.R. Koning
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dr. A.R. Koning
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Academic year2023
PER2  (06/11/2023 to 26/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPositive BSA required
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
1. This course will provide you insight into neurocognitive, motivational and metacognitive processes that play a role in human motor performance and sport. (FQ 1,5)
2. After this course you will be able to apply information processing theory, dynamic systems theory, self-regulated learning theory, and ecological psychology to healthy sport
performance. (FQ 1,5)
3. You will analyze how goal setting, decision making, attentional focus, motivation, motor imagery, feedback processing, metacognition and strategic action can facilitate or hamper performance in (team) sports. (FQ 5,6)
4. You will analyze how sport participation can influence extra-sportive learning outcomes related to stress and active sustainable living, and you will be able to critically reflect on the usefulness of such learning processes. (FQ 5,6)
5. After this course you will be able to give people targeted, science-based advice as regards the preparation, performance, and self-evaluation of a variety of sport activities. (FQ 5,6)
6. After this course you will be able to give an individual or group targeted, science-based advice on how exercise and sports can contribute to well-being and a sustainable healthy lifestyle. (FQ 5,6)

This course covers a wide range of topics in human motor control and sport. The focus will be on the neurocognitive basis of perception and action insofar as relevant for individual and team sports. Imagine catching a ball. How is its position processed by the brain, and how do you ‘predict' the best way and moment to stretch your arm and catch the ball? Can mental practice improve sport performance? What is the effect of anxiety on performance when playing an important game? What is the maximum speed of information processing prior to and during sport achievements? How do people coordinate their muscles, joints and limbs when synchronizing their actions purposefully? 

The course will provide answers to these and related questions and give you insights into the psychological background of the phenomena, their interrelationships and where relevant, how you can affect them. Other things that are covered are the effects of motor imagery on sport performance, the coordination of perception-action processes in team sports, how people use self-regulation processes to improve their sports performance and how sports can improve one’s mental and physical health.

Seven topical presentations (2 hrs) are planned followed by six Q&A sessions (2 hrs). Meetings may be supported by (audio)visual (pre)recordings of the highlights of the topics, which you can either use to prepare yourself for a meeting or to check matters when (re)reading the material. You can practice your knowledge and analytic skills by self-tuition of scientific papers referred to in the presentation meetings of which PDFs will be available. 

A demonstration of movement recording and analysis techniques available in cell phones that you can use in sports contexts, will be given during one of the lectures or Q&A sessions. Finally, there will be  an optional Writing Assignment to put the theory into practice!

Additional information
In combination with the B3-course Sport Psychology (PSB3BE20E), the Human Motor Control course is part of the track ‘Sport Psychology' and the Radboud international minor Sport and Excercise Sciences. When obtaining a Master's degree this track can lead to the basic qualification of the Dutch organization for Sport Psychologists (VSPN-BASP: Basiskwalificatie Sportpsychologie).
This course is a Bachelor Psychology 3rd-year course.
Presumed foreknowledge
At least a full year of university education in the field of psychology, human movement science, or a related field. In case of too many enrollments Psychology students have priority over students from other faculties or universities.
Test information
Exam information
• one open-end question per course theme (70% of final grade)
• a number of true-false questions addressing the contents of the lectures, articles, and book chapters (30% of final grade)
Full compensation between sub-grades. 
Required materials
Textbook Weinberg & Gould (2023) "Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology" , 8th Edition. Chapters 14, 15 and 18.
Title:Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 8th Edition.
Author:Weinberg, R.S. & Gould, D.
Publisher:Human Kinetics Europe Ltd.

Recommended materials
Additional papers

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeLecture

7 lectures (2hrs/week)
7 interactive lectures (2 hrs/week)

Writing assignments
Type of instructional modeAssignment

Open answer & true/false questions
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3