Have You Thought About Exercise Psychology?

March 11, 2019 – 08:42 am
Coaching relies on expertise

Sean Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
John F. Kennedy University

As a young academic, I have been fortunate to interview or speak with a number of individuals who are considering graduate training in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Most come from psychology undergraduate programs and were athletes in high school or college. Many prospective consultants find the field in a happenstance manner: they were looking for additional units to take and found a Sport and Exercise Psychology elective (this is seemingly the story of most students); they had a professor, mentor, or other trusted advisor suggest the field (a handful of students); they were an athlete and had interactions with a Sport Psychology professional (this group is seemingly growing); or they found the field through a random internet search of their interests, which included sport and/or psychology (a surprisingly large number). Regardless of how one finds the field, most decide to pursue training because they have a passion for sport and are searching for a way to continue to be involved with it. I too was this student. I was an athlete (very loosely defined). I loved sport, and I knew I wanted to stick around it. Therefore, I choose Sport and Exercise Psychology as my major, not knowing what it really was.

Just as many find the larger field of Sport and Exercise Psychology in a happenstance manner, once in the field, many future professionals happen upon the Exercise Psychology specialty in a similar fashion. Again, I was one of those individuals. I took my first Exercise Psychology class as a junior - and only because it was required. Within just a few weeks, I was hooked. The question of why some individuals exercise and some do not fascinated me. From that day forward, while I still was passionate about Sport Psychology, I knew it was Exercise Psychology that would become my main focus. I have seen classmates take the same exact path after their first taste of work within the Exercise Psychology realm, and I have taught, supervised, and mentored students who have followed suit. For many within our field, just one exposure to an Exercise Psychology class or consulting experience is all it takes to become captivated.

Source: www.appliedsportpsych.org

You might also like:

Job Crafting Exercise™ - Center for Positive Organizations
Job Crafting Exercise™ - Center for Positive Organizations
Saunders Clinical Interviewing: Practical Tips rom Master Clinicians (Psychiatric Clinics of North America)
Book (Saunders)
  • Example Bullet Point 1
  • Example Bullet Point 2

  • avatar What is sports and exercise psychology?
    • Possibly, trying to hard, you break down, it's like when you try so hard, you can't do it for a while because you reached your maximum strength and capacity for excersising. Sometimes you have to go to an emergency room. After the doctor allows you to go home, he may assign you to an exercise psychologist to help you.

  • avatar What is the purpose of exercise psychology?
    • The purpose of exercise psychology is to extend each theory and thoroughly research it into the correct classifiable fields to further educate everyone's profession.