Sport Psychology involves preparing the mind of the athlete, just as thoroughly as one prepares the body. It is an emerging field in the world of psychology and athletics. For many elite level, professional, recreational and even young athletes, successful performance. It deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance. Some of the most important skills taught are goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, awareness and control, concentration, confidence, using rituals, attribution training and prioritizing.
Sports Psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise and physical activity. Some sports, psychologists work with professional athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation. Other professionals utilize exercise and sports to enhance people’s lives and well-being throughout the entire lifespan.
Contemporary Sports psychology is a diverse field. While finding ways to help athletes is certainly an important part of Sports Psychology, the application of exercise and physical activity for improving the lives of non-athletes is also a major focus.
Becoming a Sport Psychologist could be an exciting career choice of many psychology students, especially those who have a strong interest in sports and physical activity.
1. About Sports and Psychology
2. The History of Sport Psychology
3. Sports and Emotions
4. Sports Injuries and their Prevention
5. The Relationship between Anxiety and Performance
6. Establishing a Hierarchy of Psychological Slills
7. Sport and Development
8. Theoretical Models of Exercise Adherence