Sports Psychologist

by Roman Stigler


Sports Psychologists are concerned with the behaviors, mental processes and well-being of individuals or teams involved in sports. They typically work with either sports or exercise, although some work across both areas.


To practice sports psychology in america, a person needs to complete a 6-12 month program to earn the title of certified coach of sports psychology.

Daily Activities

  • Work with coaches, nutritionists, physiologists, other psychologists, etc...
  • Assess a athletes behavior, performance, needs, and behavior
  • Help athletes with strategies to cope with and surpass setbacks both physical and mental

Education Requirements

  • Earn a Bachelor's Degree
  • Earn a Master's Degree
  • Earn a PhD or PsyD


Average Income: approx. $90,000

Top Income: approx. $100,000

Lowest Income: approx. $60,000

Skills Necessary

  • Sports Interest
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Patience and the Ability to Motivate
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

Work Place

Sports Psychologists are generally employed anywhere that athletes are. The places vary anywhere from high schools to stadiums to gyms.

Job Outlook

Sports Psychology will continue to rise as sports continue to be popular. As long as sports continue to increase and gain popularity, sport psychologists will be needed.

Fun Facts

  1. Not all sports require the same psychological needs. For example, someone playing tennis has different psychological needs than someone lifting weights.
  2. Sports Psychology is available to all age groups and levels, not just professional athletes.
  3. Sports Psychology widely varies. Same effects of training might be apparent after one session, but some effects or people require more/longer sessions.
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