What is the role of a Sports Psychologist?
A sports psychologist will assist athletes to improve their sports performance by using a combination of different techniques. They also work with team managers and coaches on a variety of issues.
An example of some of the issues that sports psychologists typically work on with athletes:
- Improving skills
- Understanding the zone state and accessing it
- Improving concentration
- Coping with injury
- Identifying and dealing with burnout
- Managing pressures of competition
- Self belief
- Goal setting
What qualifications should a sports psychologist have?
Your sports psychologist will draw on knowledge from a variety of fields including biomechanics, psychology, physiology and nutrition. It is essential for a sports psychologist to have a degree in psychology as well as a post graduate qualification in sports science or sports medicine as a knowledge of how both body and mind work is important in ensuring the safety of the athlete.
Who typically goes to a sport psychologist?
- Recreational athlete
- Professional athletes
- Team Managers