Pedagogy of Sports

Academic year
Subject Area
Sport Training
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge of the fundamental constructs of Sport Pedagogy and of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methodologies combine the expositive lectures with field work through applied research.

Learning Outcomes

To provide the student with the capacity to conceptualize the scientific relevant topics and with the competencies needed to perform research in the field.

Work Placement(s)



[1] Developmental model and its consequences for athletes. Critical analysis of the dominant paradigm. Coaches’ training: models and international trends. [2] Theoretical models that frame contemporary research. Social cognitive theory. Structuralist and developmental theories. Consequences for  research design. [3] Quantitative and qualitative methods to study the coaches’ behavior. Available technologies. [4] The rational and dominant role of the coach’s discourse. Ecological analysis. Ethical limits. [5] Motivation. Arousal, stress and anxiety. Arousal Control. [6] Group cohesion. Leadership. Communication. [7]  Techniques to improve performance, imagery, concentration and goal setting. [8]  Burnout and Overtraining. Feedback, reinforcement and intrinsic motivation.

Head Lecturer(s)

Carlos Eduardo Barros Gonçalves

Assessment Methods

Research work: 100.0%

Exam: 100.0%


[1]       Jones R (2006). The Sports Coach as an Educator. London, Routledge.

[2]       Gonçalves, C.E., Coelho e Silva, M., Malina, R. & Cumming, S. (2007). Sport and Education. Coimbra, Imprensa da Universidade.

[3]       Gonçalves, C.E, Carvalho,H.M.,  Light, R. (2011). Keeping Women in Sport: Positive Experiences of Six Women’s Experiences  Growing Up and Staying with Sport in Portugal. The Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 8, 1, 39-52.

[4]       Gonçalves CE, Coelho e Silva MJ, Cruz J, Torregrosa M, Cumming SP(2010). The effect of achievement goals on moral attitudes in young athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 9, 4, 605-611.

[5]       Gonçalves, CE, Coelho e Silva, M., Carvalho, H.M., Gonçalves, A. (2011) Why do they engage in such hard programs? The search for excellence in youth Basketball. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 10, 3,458-464.
[6]     De Bruin, A., Rikers, R., & Schmidt, H.(2007). The influence of achievement motivation and chess-specific motivation on deliberate practice. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 29, 561-583

[7]       Smith, R., Smoll, F., & Hunt, E. (1977). A system for the behavioral assessment of athletic coaches. Research Quarterly, 48, 401-407.

[8]       Smoll, F.,  & Smith, R. (2002). Coaching behavior research and intervention in youth sports. In F. Smoll & R. Smith (Eds.), Children and Youth in Sport: a Biopsychosocial Perspective (pp. 211-234). Dubuque. Kendall/Hunt.

[9]       Côté, J., Strachan, L. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009). Participation, personal development and performance through youth sport. In N. Holt (Ed.) Positive Youth Development through Sport (pp. 34-46). London, Routledge.

[10]     Jackson, B., Knapp, P., & Beauchamp, M. (2009).The coach-athlete relationship: a tripartite efficacy perspective. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 203-232

[11]     Williams, J. (2001). Applied Sport Psychology. Moutain View, California: Mayfield Publishing            Company

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