What is a Sports Psychologist?
Have you ever wondered what a sports psychologist does, how to become a sports psychologist, or what even is sports psychology!?
Sports psychologists impact athletes’ performance, participation and wellbeing through psychology. You can make a difference to people’s lives as a sports psychologist by helping them to become more active, healthier and happier.
If you’re interested in a career as a psychologist specialising in sport and performance, or physical activity and exercise, then a degree in psychology might be for you. Develop a strong scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour, experience and the complex interactions between these elements through innovative teaching and completing independent research.
All our psychology courses provide a specialist, defined route into the world of applied psychology, whilst offering you practical experience in our on-site clinics. You will be taught a core curriculum that covers biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology, conceptual and historical issues, and research methods.
Why Become a Sports Psychologist?
In this video Professor Stuart Cotterill - Head of the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology - tells us how you can make a difference to people’s lives as a Sports Psychologist: by helping them to become more active, healthier and happier.
"What I would say to someone interested in a career in Sport Psychology? Do it! It's a fantastic opportunity to really get involved in something you're passionate about; to make a difference in people's lives; to experience a lot of wonderful things and meet lots of fantastic people."
– Stuart Cotterill, Head of the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology
How to become a sports psychologist
Learn more about what it takes to become a psychologist by selecting one of our courses below:
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
Increase your understanding of the factors both influencing and determining performance and participation in sport, exercise and physical activity.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Delve into psychology and gain expertise in understanding behaviour, experiences and relationships across all walks of life and aspects of human functioning.
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
The MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology will provide you with the opportunity to extend your contemporary understanding and application of sport and exercise psychology in...