Sport psychology is often the intersection of kinesiology and psychology. It focuses on the effect that sports and/or exercise has a on person's psychological state, and on how a person's psychological state can affect their physical performance.
Sport psychologists can help a wide variety of people, such as: athletes, coaches, parents with a child recovering from a sport related injury, teams and people who just exercise. The need for a sport psychologist is not limited to collegiate level or professional level athletes. Many of the tactics and methods can may also be implemented in anyone's general life. For individuals with jobs that require high performance, or for situations where a person feels anxiety or needs help focusing, a sport psychologist may help.
The aspects that sport psychologists help with are:
- Recovery from injury
- Anxiety and stress
- Correction of bad habits
- Acheiving peak performance
- Focus and concentration
- Confidence and consistency
Dr. Debbie Wilson, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services/Sport Psychologists at George Mason University
If you are interested in seeing a sport psychologist, feel free to search our database of psychologists.
Consider the following to learn more about sports psychology:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Self-Help Resources
- Wikipedia: Sport Psychology
- Mind Tools: Information and tools for sport psychology