Sport Psychology - What is it? David Pargman, Ph.D. Dr. Pargman is now professor emeritus. He has retired after more than 30 years of service at Florida State University.
Introduction • What is sport psychology? • How does someone become a sport psychologist? • What are the career opportunities in sport psychology?
What is sport psychology? • One of a number of sport sciences • Biomechanics • Motor learning and control • Exercise physiology • Sport sociology • SPORT PSYCHOLOGY- 1960’s
Psychology applied to the sport experience • Personality • Motivation • Skill acquisition • Stress response • Sport injury (rehabilitation) • Exercise adherence • PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT
Interventions • Relaxation • Imagery • Behavior change • Biofeedback • Hypnotherapy • Self-regulation techniques
Professional outlets and forums • Journals • Meetings - national,international • Associations - AAASP, NASPSPA, ACSM, AAHPERD, ISSP
Career preparation • Sport and physical education route • Psychology route • Neither - preparation of specialists in sport psychology per se
Preparation and certification • MS and Ph.D. Programs at FSU • Courses • Thesis, dissertation • Prospectuses • Oral defenses • Research
Courses - sample • Research Methods (qualitative and quantitative) • Statistics • Counseling Methods • Psychology electives • Other electives related to personal line of research • Stress and Performance • Seminars in various sport psychology topics
Suggested Statistics Courses • ANOVA • Linear Models • Causal Modeling • Non parametrics
Have You Ever wondered? • Why a 125th ranked professional tennis player unexpectedly knocks off the 3rd ranked player in a big international tournament? • Why the quarterback in training camp with the best arm, fastest 40 yard sprint time, and most pounds bench-pressed of all candidates, never makes the roster? • Why a parent reputed to be very well mannered in all endeavors, behaves like a complete buffoon at his/her son’s Little League game?