This topic presents the principles surrounding human behaviour as applied to exercise participation and modification of health related behaviour. The topic aims to acquaint students with core aspects of behaviour that have relevance to health promotion, exercise, and physical activity participation. Students will review psychological aspects of human behaviour and how they apply to influencing the initiation of and adherence to exercise. Both acute and long term psychological responses to exercise will be presented in the context of stress and mental health as well as health promotion in musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain states. Students will learn basic counselling, goal setting, and communication skills that can be applied across physical activity, exercise, and sport contexts.
On completing this topic students will be able to: