Online learning format including detailed training videos, comprehensive audio training sessions, and exam + bonus materials.
You can seamlessly integrate our Sports Psychology Coach Certification into your existing career in sports, fitness, coaching or psychology!
Sport psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sports and the practical application of that knowledge. Sport psychology coaches help people of all abilities increase sports and fitness performance while enhancing their overall enjoyment of physical activity.
Sports Psychology Coaches have endless opportunities to work with athletes ranging from beginning to professional and all points in between. Some Sports Psychology Coaches build businesses working with youth athletes. Others specialize in sports such as triathlon. Still other Sports Psychology Coaches work with teams in the college and pro ranks. There are no limits to what is possible for your career!
When you become a Certified Sports Psychology Coach, you will have two objectives in mind…
These objectives are to understand how psychological factors affect an individual’s physical performance, and to understand how participation in sport and fitness affects a person’s psychological development, health and well-being. Sport psychology coaches deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance.
Most performance challenges that athletes and other fitness enthusiasts have are not always a result of poor conditioning, improper coaching or a lack of physical skills or technical ability. Obviously, these physical or mechanical factors can lower performance. However, when the pressure is on, the person or team that falls apart most often does so because of mental factors like nervousness, intimidation, lagging concentration, negativity, lack of confidence or an inability to release past mistakes. You, the Sports Psychology Coach, will guide your client to smoothly move through these challenges
A vital part of sports psychology is imagery; the process by which you can create, modify or strengthen pathways important to the coordination of your muscles, by training purely within your mind. Imagination is the driving force of imagery. As a Certified Sports Psychology Coach, you will help your clients create the images that take them to the top of their sport or activity of choice.
Sports Psychology Coaching gives you high-level skills that will elevate the personal growth and sports performance of your clients!
You will learn easy-to-use, high-level skills
Achievement Motivation - our position on success and failure – are we striving to succeed or trying to avoid failing? As many coaches have stated, “Winners take responsibility and know where to place credit or blame, but Losers always look for excuses beyond their control.”
Achievement Orientation - our perception of how stable our ability level is. If we take a task approach, we believe that we can develop abilities, helping them grow and improve. If we take the ego approach, we believe that all our abilities are a part of who we are and there is nothing we can do to change them.
Affirmation - a positive statement of belief about ourselves. We write these statements to help us gain confidence in the choices we have made and to remind us that we are making progress. An affirmation is always written in first person and in present tense (i.e. “I am in control of my emotional response to criticism at all times.”). We repeat these affirmations several times each day in order to make them an integral part of our thought process. After all, what do we have to lose by thinking positively about our abilities at all times?
Analysis - a process developed by Sigmund Freud and his successors in which the analyst carries on extensive discussions with the client in order to examine their past behavior patterns and compare them with current ones so a hypothesis can be formed about why they behave as they do. With a sincere effort and some insight on the client’s part, they can eventually become self-analyzing, maintaining their own mental health continuously.
Anchoring - a technique used to make a strategy automatic. The subject associates a small physical action with a particular mental thought process. This may be something simple, like touching the thumb to the middle finger. The physical action triggers our mind to begin a specific process, perhaps a relaxation technique.
Arousal - our level of anxiety about a past, present, or future event. There are two types of arousal: (1) Trait arousal is your own personal “normal” level – it’s just how excited you usually are; (2) State arousal is the level at which you function during important and stressful events. As with most functions, there is an appropriate and helpful level of arousal, and a dysfunctional level. The arousal continuum indicates our relative level of anxiety (from none to extreme): sleepy – bored – interested – excited – anxious. Circumstances help determine the appropriate level of arousal for us, e.g. some churches appreciate excitement while others think it inappropriate. Being overly anxious is seldom useful to us in any situation, though it is sometimes unavoidable.
Attribution - how we explain the causes of our successes and failures. There are two measures of attribution: (1) Causal elements are the reasons we bring up, whether we emphasize their positive or negative impact – ability, effort, task difficulty, and luck; (2) Causal dimensions are the way we measure the types of reasons we use – internal/external, stable/unstable, controllable/uncontrollable. Therefore to say, “We lost because the other team was just better than we were.” is to use a causal element of ability and a causal dimension of external/stable/uncontrollable (even if those reasons are not objectively correct).
Autotelic - literally, “self projection”. It is our ability to fully put our entire energy and all our skills fully into whatever task is at hand. I sometimes use the phrase “active reading” or “active viewing” to refer to the same general principle – when we read a book, putting ourselves in the place of the character, visualizing what he sees, smelling even the smells, we are having an autotelic experience. It makes any activity worth doing simply for the fun of it.
Behavior Modification - a structured process by which we retrain ourselves or someone else to behave in a more productive way. By a careful application of reinforcement (and perhaps punishment), we condition the subject to behave the way we want them to behave (even if that is our self). I really like Reese’s Cups, and I would really like to improve my putting skills. If I decide that I will reward myself with a sweet whenever I make 4 of 10 putts from over 15 feet, I am engaging in my own behavior modification. This process occurs around us every day.
This Sports Psychology Coaching program complements other fitness and coaching certifications by rounding out your knowledge of human potential.
Get ready to take your career to the highest level by mastering the latest cutting edge sports psychology strategies and techniques.
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Program Title: Sports Psychology Coach Certification
Title You Will Earn: Certified Sports Psychology Coach (CSPC)
Prerequisites: There are no mandated requisites. We suggest a certification in fitness or coaching as a prerequisite.
Continuing Education Units: NESTA 2.0 CEUs, Spencer Institute 2.0 CEUs
Recertification Requirements: Certification is valid for (2) two years. You are required to complete 2.0 units (20 hours) of CEUs (continuing education credits) to keep your certification valid. Please review the 2-Year Recertification Guide for further details.
Online Learning Format: Online access of materials including detailed video PowerPoint lectures, audio training sessions, and non-proctored online multiple choice exam. You can log in and out of your online classroom as needed. You can always go back to review your materials as much as needed. You will test when you are ready.
Once you register, you will be given immediate access to begin your studies.
Certification Exam Requirement: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 85% or higher. Two attempts at the exam are given.
Retest Fee: $95 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.
Estimated Completion Time: Course and exam should be completed within one year of purchase. The average student can complete the course if they dedicate approximately 40 hours of study time.
Additional Textbook (sold separately): Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology – 5th Edition (Hardcover) (published by Human Kinetics)
Your Sports Psychology Coaching Program includes a comprehensive online study Guide!
Your textbook used is this course includes a companion online study guide. This study guide is integrated with the textbook and allows you to experience content in formats. The access for the online study guide is complimentary with your purchase of the textbook.
You will see notations throughout the textbook to remind you to log onto your study guide to enhance your studies.
There are more than 90 individual and small-group activities provide practical tools to increase your comprehension of your materials. At the end of your studies, you will be able to assess your skills as a coach, to problem solve real-life strategies, to review and design research studies, as well as have a solid overall understanding of sport psychology principles and concepts.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, you will enjoy streaming audio clips featuring esteemed experts from the field discussing key course concepts that they have studied and refined during their professional careers, is also included.