In this paper today I’ll cover all the basics about a sports psychologist and what the career is all about. Also, we’ll break down the day to day responsibilities and the problems and concerns that sports psychologist deal with daily with athletes and sports professionals. Being a sports psychologist is very interesting because they deal with the mind of the athletes rather then the body. As the old football saying goes “The game is 80% mental and 20% physical. Meaning the person can be as talented as they can be but without being in the right mindset to play you’ve already given yourself a disadvantage.
Sports psychology is the study of how psychological factors affect the way we perform and how participation in sports and exercise affect the way that we think and physical factors. In a day to day scene the sports psychologist focus on a lot of research and the mental look after of the athletes and some sports professionals. Meetings and sit downs are often conducted to see how athletes feel about the way they are performing and ways they think they can approve. Sports psychologists are hit with a lot of different questions and concerns throughout the day such as: ·“What do I do if I’m not feeling the same love for my sport anymore?” · “No matter what I seem to do my head is not in the game right now.” Those are just a few examples. I’m sure they’re asked questions and deal with situations that most other psychologist wouldn’t have to deal with.
When I saw that we had a paper due on any form of psychology we wanted to; I automatically knew I wanted to do my paper on sports psychology. Sports are something I’ve grown up around. It would be easy to write about something that you love so sports psychology it was. While learning about it and reading articles I’ve actually realized that it’s a big part of the behind the scenes picture in sports. Not many people know that they are there to service the athletes.
They don’t really get paid a lot though unless they are top tier and are providing services to someone like Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods. As expected, psychologists with experience earn more than those who are just entering the field. According to PayScale’s survey, psychologists with one to four years experience have a salary range from $41,132 to $63,738. Psychologists with five to nine years experience have an annual salary range of $48,004 to $75,195. Those at the top of the scale are psychologists who have ten to nineteen years of experience in the field and earn an average salary from $57,743 to $84,597.
Part 2: How do I get there?
Like anything in life there is a process to get there and a ladder to climb to get to the top. With sports psychology it takes a lot of schooling because you have to do the same schooling as any other psychologist. You go from being getting a bachelors to receiving a masters and if attainable; getting your doctorate. In order to do so there are a few steps one must go through.
First, complete the bachelor’s education requirements for psychology. Begin with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, if available; pursue a degree within a psychology program that features coursework in sports psychology at the undergraduate level. Then, acquire an advanced degree. Sports psychology careers continue to grow and as they grow more responsibilities associated with industrial or organizational psychology tend to form. A two-year degree may be sufficient for entry-level employment, but to be competitive as a psychologist, the American Psychology Association (APA) recommends the completion of a 5-year doctoral program that features or permits sports psychology or sports science experience.
After that, complete a psychology or sports psychology internship. During the completion of your schooling, complete a psychology internship with an organization that works with your academic program. Participation in a sports psychology internship can be beneficial, but general psychology in a clinical environment would do fine. You would need to gain at least two years of clinical work experience. Work with your graduate program to determine what to do when you are done with school. When the internship is finished; take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) given by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).
The EEPP is a requirement in all states; thus will allow you to practice as a licensed psychologist once you have fulfilled the academic requirements. Get certified in sports psychology. Available through the American Board of Sports Psychology (ABSP), this certification is given to you based upon a peer review of your academic and work experience. To be eligible, you will need to possess your doctorate with sports psychology or sport science coursework, psychology license, and relevant work experience in sports psychology. In conclusion, I learned a lot due to this project. Sports psychology seems like a very interesting that talks a lot of work to presume. In the end though I’m sure it’s worth the schooling!