Sports 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.
Sports psychologists can help a wide variety of people, such as: athletes, coaches, parents with a child recovering from a sports related injury, teams and people who just exercise. The need for a sports 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. People with jobs that require high performance, situations where a person feels anxiety or needs help focusing – a sports psychologist may help.
The aspects that sports 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/Sports Psychologists at George Mason University
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Consider the following to learn more about sports psychology:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Self-Help Resources
- Wikipedia: Sports Psychology
- Mind Tools: Information and tools for sports psychology