Sports psychologists work with athletes of all levels, helping them to prepare psychologically for training and competition, and also to deal with injuries and setbacks. They can work with either teams or individuals, with the ultimate goal being to help athletes prepare psychologically for competition and to deal with the psychological demands of both competition and training.
Sport psychologists work in a wide range of settings and with a diverse range of clients. Typically they combine consultancy work with teaching and research, though some hold full-time positions with professional sports teams or national governing bodies.
The first step to becoming a sports psychologist is to obtain a psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The entry requirements for a degree in psychology typically include five GCSEs and three A levels.
Although there is no formal route for sport psychologists, a combination of a postgraduate degree in sport, plus supervised experience, would be the normal route.
When looking to apply to a postgraduate degree in this exciting field, you would need both a bachelor's degree in psychology and also relevant sports experience. Coaching, fitness and exercise instruction, or PE teaching would be beneficial experience for entry to a post-graduate programme.
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