Training and professional development in applied sport psychology
In the last 40 years, the demand for applied sport psychology has increased as coaches, athletes, and exercise participants have sought help with performance and other issues, and as practitioners have marketed their services. Concurrent with the increased demand, researchers have conducted investigations to examine whether applied sport psychology can help athletes and exercisers with their issues. The lion’s share of researchers’ attention has been towards evaluating practitioners’ typical interventions (e.g., goal setting, self-talk). A much smaller number of studies have focused on effective practitioners’ characteristics. There are even fewer investigations examining optimal ways to train practitioners.