As footballing legend David James once commented, “Psychology is part of the building blocks to make a top athlete”. Sport isn’t just physical activity, it’s also a game of the mind, too: knowing yourself. Knowing your opponent. Getting into the zone, and having complete mental focus. A sports psychologist can help athletes overcome performance anxiety, improve their mental resilience, help them mentally prepare for a race or competition, and so much more. And don’t think this only applies to Olympic-level competitors – coaches, sports teams, and marathon runners all regularly employ the services of sports psychologists in a bid to improve their performance.
Discover how to help athletes develop metal resilience, focus, and overcome obstacles to achieve their full potential
If you’re interested in pursuing this increasingly popular career, or even if you’d just like to gain the psychological knowledge that will help to boost your own athletic performance, this level 3 course is ideal. You’ll study the influence that stress and anxiety can have on sporting achievement, and discover how psychology can be used to enhance teamwork and resolve conflict. You’ll explore the psychological aspects of injury, and strategies for overcoming such setbacks and maintaining a positive outlook. Finally, you’ll take a look at effective approaches to goal-setting, as well as psychological techniques that have been proven to boost athletic performance. You can study in your own time, at your own pace, and at the end, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement from NCFE.