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Sports Psychology – Models and Theories

5. The Athlete Personality

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In this module, we think about different ways of characterising the athlete personality. We begin by looking at how the personality profile of athletes can be graphed using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and consider how research into personality and individual differences has evolved over time to include more sport-specific measures. We then examine the history of psychological models of personality more broadly (e.g. Allport, Eysenck), before taking a closer look at the Big Five model of personality traits (Costa and McCrae, 1992) and its application to sport and exercise. Next, we consider a more recent model by Laborde et al. (2016) in which traditional personality traits have been replaced by so-called personality-trait-like individual differences (PTLID). Finally, we explore how insights from research into the athlete personality can be applied practically to increase sport participation among individuals with a range of different personality traits.


In this course, Dr Dan Bishop (Brunel University London) discusses a range of topics in Sports and Exercise Psychology. In module one we think about how anxiety impacts sport performance before moving on, in module two, to look at the relationship between exercise and mental health. Throughout the remaining modules we then explore a variety of personality and individual differences attributes, including reinvestment and its impact on decision-making in module three, learning by observing and imagining in module four and different psychological models of the athlete personality in module five.


Dr Dan Bishop is a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Brunel University London, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist registered to practise with the HCPC, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and a Fellow of Advance HE.

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