How to Become a Sports Psychologist


Anonymous writes:
I need advice on what steps I would need to take if I am interested in becoming a sports
psychologist. I have an undergrad in international business. Would I need to get a
master’s in psychology to practice? Where can I get some direction?
The Career Doctor responds:
Sports psychology is (a) the study of the psychological and mental factors that influence
and are influenced by participation and performance in sport exercise and physical activity and (b) the application of the knowledge gained through this study to everyday
settings.
Sport psychology professionals are interested in how participation in sport exercise and
physical activity may enhance personal development and well-being throughout the life span.
Sport psychologists are also involved in assisting coaches in working with athletes as well
as helping improve athletes’ motivation.
According to a survey by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
most sport psychologists are clinical practitioners or sport scientists who offer sport counseling
or consulting part-time. And from what I gather most require a minimum of a master’s degree;
the best opportunities are available for those with doctorates.
Some useful organizations to gain more insights into the field include:
The Association for Applied Sport
Psychology (AAASP)
The North American
Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
and
The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).

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Anonymous writes:
I need advice on what steps I would need to take if I am interested in becoming a sports
psychologist. I have an undergrad in international business. Would I need to get a
master’s in psychology to practice? Where can I get some direction?
The Career Doctor responds:
Sports psychology is (a) the study of the psychological and mental factors that influence
and are influenced by participation and performance in sport exercise and physical activity and (b) the application of the knowledge gained through this study to everyday
settings.
Sport psychology professionals are interested in how participation in sport exercise and
physical activity may enhance personal development and well-being throughout the life span.
Sport psychologists are also involved in assisting coaches in working with athletes as well
as helping improve athletes’ motivation.
According to a survey by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
most sport psychologists are clinical practitioners or sport scientists who offer sport counseling
or consulting part-time. And from what I gather most require a minimum of a master’s degree;
the best opportunities are available for those with doctorates.
Some useful organizations to gain more insights into the field include:
The Association for Applied Sport
Psychology (AAASP)
The North American
Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
and
The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).


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