Motivating Athletes to Succeed

Coaches, physical education teachers, and athletes will benefit from the practical strategies and step-by-step methods for developing a successful motivation program for athletes. The skills gained from Motivating Athletes will serve as a guide to understand how obstacles many athletes face during practice and games can affect their performance and how to learn from these distractions to build resilience and motivation to reach their full potential. Through this course, students will discover new ways to work with their players, encourage a better response to guidance and coaching, and create a more favorable environment for themselves and their athletes.

Course Name: Motivating Athletes

Course Number: KINE 728

Semester Credits: 3

Course Description

Motivation is one of the central issues in human affairs, and nowhere is the concept of motivation more misunderstood than in sports.  This course explores determinants of achievement, expectancies, incentive values of success and failure, and personality factors that come into play when a person participates in a competition.  Positive coaching techniques and advice from hundreds of winners motivate the student to “go for the gold!”


  • The coach will gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of positive coaching.
  • The coach will gain a better understanding of sports achievement behavior and achievement concepts.
  • The coach will understand the role of sports in character and self-esteem development.
  • The coach will identify and argue controversial topics.
  • Perspectives of over 100 winners 

Evidence of Learning Outcomes

Upon completing Motivating Athletes, the student will have demonstrated knowledge of the social, psychological, and physical variables relating to motivation in sports.  They will also demonstrate the skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation by gathering information from the required textbooks.

How to Register

Motivating Athletes can be completed in either an online or via emailed PDF format. It is open for anyone to register at any time during an open semester. After completion, students receive graduate, non-degree semester credit on official transcripts from the University of La Verne, an accredited university in La Verne, California. 

Registration is fast and straightforward and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered on a rolling basis during three standard semesters, and you can begin whenever you are ready! The registration dates are:

  • Fall: September 1 - January 31
  • Spring: February 1 - May 31
  • Summer: June 1 - August 31

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