Sports Psychologist Job Description

A sports psychologist has knowledge of an individual's mental/emotional strengths and weaknesses and assists that person in reaching their full potential.

This is especially important in athletics, as athletes must perform at a high level on a consistent basis.

A sports psychologist helps athletes improve their performance, and also teaches them ways to cope with life after sports.

A sports psychologist also works with athletes to help them prepare for competition.

They work with an athlete to determine how that athlete performs under pressure, how that athlete responds to adversity, and how well that athlete can predict his or her performance.

This knowledge helps the athlete prepare for the challenges they can expect in competition.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Sports Psychologist to help us improve our game. Our team has been struggling lately and we need someone who can help us get back on track.

Sports Psychologist Duties:

  • Perform psychological assessments on athletes to identify optimal levels of competition
  • Intake athletes, coaches, and medical staff through interviews, observations, and background investigations
  • Perform psychological assessments on athletes to identify optimal levels of competition
  • Develop targeted psychological interventions for athletes
  • Ensure clients and athletes are educated on mental preparation techniques
  • Determine precise objectives for intervention
  • Provide ongoing program evaluation and development
  • Monitor and supervise psychological treatment programs
  • Collaborate with coaches, trainers, and medical staff
  • Assist in advising, consulting with, and developing athletes and coaches
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) testing
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnotherapeutics
  • Vibrational therapies
  • Psychophysiological stimulation
  • Psycotherapy
  • Biofeedback

Sports Psychologist Responsibilities:

  • Master’s degree in psychology or related field
  • Graduate level training in sports psychology
  • Ability to develop and administer psychological tests
  • Knowledge of sports psychology research techniques
  • Ability to analyze and interpret test results
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Above-average organizational

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Work individually with players, coaches, and team staff to ensure their psychological needs are met
  • Develop and implement plans to increase player confidence and motivation; develop and instruct athletes in mental skills applicable to situational performance
  • Assist players in overcoming barriers to performance
  • Monitor and report on player well-being using psychometric analysis, and communicate with them and their families
  • Work with assistant coaches to develop and implement mental skills curricula
  • Provide mental skills training to athletes and teams, creating and implementing training plans
  • Participate in team meetings, both formal and informal, and provide advice/guidance to coaches and players
  • Develop and maintain a network of professional resources, including licensed psychologists and other professionals
  • Establish and follow maximum confidentiality standards

At Company Name, we believe that diversity and inclusion are integral to building a strong team. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees feel respected and valued. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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