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 like to exercise. The need for a sport psychologist is not limited to collegiate- 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.
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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
Consider the following to learn more about sports psychology:
- Wikipedia: Sport Psychology