Health Psychophysiology: Sport Psychophysiology Research Methodology Practice



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course aims to introduce students to the use of core concepts in sport science, research methods and processes, possibilities of their use in sports and recreation. The students get acquainted with those exercise physiological and sport psychological methods by which they become able to characterize the psychophysiological fitness of the organism in its complexity and which help them to determine the optimal load. They become familiar with some basic anthropometric devices as well as with physiological changes caused by different loads. Central topics are operation of the cardio-circulatory and respiratory systems and the musculature. The students learn how t o measure the most important physiological variables, too. An emphasized method is measuring cardiac functions by the pulse-meter watch. The course also deals with overviewing and measuring the most important psychic methods affecting sports performance.

The students also participate in a series of testing thus getting chances to apply in practice whatever they had learnt. Upon the completion of the course, the students will be able to conduct studies in a professional, scientific/scholastic way.

  • Atkinson, M. Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods. Sage, 2011.
  • Eston, R., Reilly, ,T. Kinantropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, Routledge, London and New York, 2009.
  • Beam, W.C., Adams, G.M. Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual. (5th Edition), McGraw Hill Education, EMEA, Berkshire, 2010.