Sport Psychologists teach, conduct research in sport sciences, or work with coaches and athletes on performance enhancement. Sport Psychology involves the study of the mental factors (affective, cognitive, motivational, sensor motor) that influence and are influenced by sport and physical activity. Some sport psychologists are interested in how participation in physical activity enhances development and well-being throughout the life span. Others are work to improve an athlete's confidence, motivation, and focus, or team cohesion and performance.
Developed by Brian Haney as a project for a Senior Seminar in Psychology taught by Dr. Avid J. Bloom at West Chester University in Spring 2000, this site provides information about different careers in sports psychology, the pros and cons of becoming a sports psychologist, and graduate schools in sports psychology.
This site contains links to national and international graduate programs in Sports Psychology.
This web site offers a general introduction to aspects of Sports Psychology including information about motivation and imagery techniques.
Dr. Lustberg's (Masters of Art and another in School Psychology) authored a well received PBS-oriented radio program that involved interviews with major sports stars about issues in sports with a psychological focus. This web site contains audio clips of past radio programs.
This site contains links to organizations, journals, and on-line courses in Sports Psychology.
This site contains on-line articles about various Sports Psychology topics (team building, focus and motivation, visualization and imagery techniques, hypnosis, leaderships, etc.)
This site is designed to explain what Sport Psychology is, provide information on getting started in the field, and offer some practical skills to help achieve peak performance.
Books and Readings
Cahmore, E. (2002). Sport psychology : the key concepts. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Loehr, J. (1004). The new toughness training for sports : mental, emotional, and physical conditioning from one of the world's premier sports psychologists. New York : Dutton.
Sachs, M.L., Burke, K.L., Schrader, D.C. (Eds.). (2001). Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology. ( 6th ed). Morgantown, WV : Fitness Information Technology.
Singer, R., Hausenblas H., and Janelle, C.M. (Eds.) (2001). Handbook of sport psychology (2nd Ed.). New York : John Wiley.
Van Raalte, J.L., Brewer, B.W. (Eds.) (2002). Exploring sport and exercise psychology (2nd Ed.). Washington, DC : American Psychological Association.
Weinberg, R., Gould, D. (1999). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2nd Ed.). Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics.
Thanks to Andrew Peck for his work in gathering and evaluating these resources!