Studying the way people think, sport psychologists study and apply their knowledge of the psychological factors associated with participation and success in sport and exercise.
Sports psychologists work in two main ways:
Working with athletes to help them to maximise their performance by a focus on the mental processes involved. This involves techniques such as visualisation and relaxation. This is used by everyone seeking that extra edge, from professional athletes through to 'weekend warriors'. Research to understand how participation in sports and exercise can affect our psychological health and wellbeing.
Sport psychologists can work with individuals or teams, professionals or amateurs, to help them improve performance or deal with issues that are affecting their participation.
This is a field that is just starting to grow in the UK. As such, opportunities are still somewhat limited, with most practitioners combining work in research, teaching, and working with teams or individuals. However, it also means that the opportunities are there for those with drive and imagination.
The following would be the places to go for further information:
AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers
Advisory Services), Sport and Leisure Sector, AGCAS Sector Briefing, Biennial
The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
SkillsActive - The Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning
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