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What is Sport Psychology?. Sport Psychology is:. Sport Sciences Biomechanics Motor learning and control Exercise physiology Sport history and philosophy Sport sociology Sport Psychology: 1960s “Half of any sport is 90% mental." (Yogi Berra.). Psychology applied to Sport Experience.

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Sport Psychology is:

  • Sport Sciences

    • Biomechanics

    • Motor learning and control

    • Exercise physiology

    • Sport history and philosophy

    • Sport sociology

  • Sport Psychology: 1960s

  • “Half of any sport is 90% mental." (Yogi Berra.)


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Psychology applied to Sport Experience

  • Personality

  • Motivation

  • Skill acquisition

  • Stress response

  • Sport injury and rehabilitation

  • Exercise adherence

  • Moral development in sport

  • Women in sport

  • Elderly in sport

  • Youth in sport

  • Exercise and well-being.


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Do I have to be an athlete to be a Sport Psychologist?


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Performance is Performance

  • Sport

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Theater

  • Business

  • Life


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Applied vs. Research

  • Ideally:

    • Applied Practice is guided by research.

    • Research is informed by practice.

  • Psychological interventions for:

    • Relaxation

    • Imagery

    • Behavior change

    • Biofeedback

    • Hypnotherapy

    • Self-regulation (anger control, etc)

    • Team work

    • Communication


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Professional Outlets

  • Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP)

  • National Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

  • North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

  • American College of Sports Medicine

  • International Society of Sport Psychology

  • APA Division 47

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)


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Sport Psychologist or Sport Psychology Consultant?

  • Sport Psychologist:

    • Training as a psychologist, supplemented by training in sport psychology delivery.

  • Sport Psychology Consultant:

    • Sport and Phys Ed training.

    • Hybrid training.

  • Sachs, M.L., Burke, K.L., & Schrader, D.C. (2000) Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology (6th ed.). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.  www.fitinfotech.com


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Career Paths

  • Sport Psychologist

    • Licensed Psychologist, trained to work with athlete and non-athlete populations.

    • University setting, research

  • Sport Psychology Consultant

    • University setting

    • University sports

    • Research setting

  • Legitimacy

    • Licensure

    • AAASP Certification

    • BASES Certification

    • Olympic Registry


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Career Paths

  • Choose your own adventure

    • Can I work with Tiger and make a million?

    • Performance Enhancement Consulting

    • Business Consulting

    • Health and Wellness


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What do I read, to start?

  • Murphy, S. (Ed.) (1995). Sport psychology interventions. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Van Raalte, J.L. & Brewer, B.W. (Eds.) (2002) Exploring sport and  exercise psychology (2nd ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association. 

  • Singer, R.N., Murphey, M., & Tennant, L.K. (Eds.) (1993). Handbook of research on sport psychology. New York, NY: Macmillan. 

  • Singer, R.N, Hausenblas, H., & Janelle, C. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of sport psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.

  • Weinberg, R. & Gould, D. (1995). Foundations of sport and exercise psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 

  • Williams, J.M. (Ed.) (2001) Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance(4th ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield (415) 960-3222. 


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What do I read, for research?

  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • The Sport Psychologist

  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology


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Sport Psychology at FSU

  • MS and PhD programs

    • MS:

      • 2 year academic program

      • Thesis

    • PhD

      • Coursework

      • Field Lab Internship

      • Preliminary defense (Pilot Study and Concept Paper)

      • Dissertation Prospectus

      • Dissertation



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