Why work with a Sport and Performance Psychologist ?
Sport Psychologists have received specific training to work with athletes and high performing artists and professionals.
What to look for?
* Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Psychology
* State Licensure as a psychologist
* Specialized training in sport and performance psychology (either a master’s degree, a Ph.D., or a post-doctoral work).
* Membership in professional organizations such as APA’s Div 47; or AASP.
Educate yourself and ask questions about their training or look for their credentials. Most “legitimate sport psychologists” have a master’s degree in sport psychology or specific training in their Ph.D.’s that include: performance enhancement, kinesiology, biomechanics, team dynamics, coaching education, ethics, dealing with pain and injury, and very specific training about how to work with athletes and performers, the specific demands and needs of athletes and the personalities required to be a successful athlete or performer.
* They can work with individuals, teams, coaches and parents. Their training often includes an internship in which they work with specific athletes and teams which is supervised by a “seasoned” sport psychologist. They are also connected with a “network” of sport psychologists with whom they can consult if necessary and this is evident by membership in professional organizations.