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Making a career as a Sports Psychologist

What is the one skill athletes talk about all the time that plays a major role in their game and performance? Mental strength!  Strong mental health and training can help you win games you never thought you could! Training your mind and being in a good head space is as important as your physical training! You must have heard athletes talk about not being ‘in the zone’ or saying it was not ‘my day’, what does that mean?

Well, it simply means finding your flow or getting in the match-winning zone that helps you play your best game. Sports psychologists help athletes bring their ‘A’ game, creating a winning mindset, fostering emotional well-being, and ensuring a holistic approach to their success. 

These experts specialize in the psychological elements of sports performance, assisting athletes in overcoming mental challenges, managing stress, and building confidence. Sports psychologists work directly with athletes to design personalized tactics to optimize attention, motivation, and mental clarity, allowing athletes to perform at their peak when it counts most. 

A sports psychologist works with athletes of all levels, not only elite and professional athletes. This expert also teaches non-athletes and recreational exercisers how to enjoy sports while adhering to an exercise regimen. They use fitness and athletics to enhance people’s life and mental health.

In the cutthroat world of sports, the presence of a sports psychologist may be the game-changer that drives athletes to success while also maintaining a balanced and satisfying athletic journey.  Most elite athletes today prefer having a sports psychologist to help them come out of the negative head space, clear mental blocks they create for themselves, work on their anxiety, and get that edge over their opponents.

Let’s take a look at how you can become a sports psychologist in India:

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  1. Get your Bachelor in Psychology: The first step to becoming a psychologist in India is getting your B. A or B.Sc in psychology from a good university. Your time doing a bachelor’s sets a great foundation to do a master’s. It’s important you clear off your basics and decide then if you want to move ahead with a master’s. 
  1. Doing your Masters: Getting a master’s degree in Sports Psychology Applied Sports Psychology, or Exercise psychology is a base criterion to work as a Sports Psychologist. Since there are no formal bodies that give you a license to work as a counselor in India, you can now choose to start practicing or continue studying as a Ph.D. student.  Many sports psychologists in India have advanced degrees in psychology or sports psychology, with master’s or doctoral degrees being the most common. 

It is a good idea to join the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) if you want to become an expert practitioner. It is an international interdisciplinary organization that certifies trained professionals. This credential is well recognized and can help Sports Psychologists advance.

  1. Get some experience: Before starting your own clinics or practice we highly recommend doing an internship and gaining some experience. In a field as demanding and ever-evolving it is important you are updated with knowledge, so keep reading journals or books even after you are done with your studies. Internships, observations, and seminars are some great ways to network and learn. Unified sports will most definitely help you in starting your career and help you navigate this industry.

Sports psychologist salaries in India

Starting salaries for this career might be quite disappointing. It ranges from Rs.6000 to Rs.15000. However, when one gradually establishes oneself as a professional, their salary might rise to Rs. 200000/– per month. It all depends on your skills, the clients you work with and your experience in this field. 

Now that you know how you can become a professional and what you may earn, let’s take a look at what would your responsibilities be:

  • Assist players in improving their performance: One of the primary roles of a sports psychologist is to help athletes improve their performance. They work closely with athletes to identify psychological barriers that may be hindering their progress.
  • Ensure that athletes get the most out of the game
  • Help athletes psychologically heal from injuries: Sports psychologists play a crucial role in supporting athletes during their rehabilitation process. They help athletes cope with the emotional impact of being injured, manage frustration, and maintain a positive outlook during recovery.
  • Teach them mental skills: They teach athletes a range of psychological techniques that contribute to improved performance and mental resilience. 
  • Promote a positive mindset: When athletes find joy in their sport, it can have a positive impact on their motivation, enthusiasm, and overall well-being. 

And in order to help athletes or any client, it is important you as a counselor are skilled enough. Some of the key skills that a sports psychologist must possess are: 
● Excellent communication skills
● Knowledge of sports and games
● Empathy & compassion
● Problem-solving skills
● Cultural competence

Sport is a huge industry not only around the world but also in India. Athletes today consciously choose to work with psychologists that can help them. Even though this field may be not very common, it is still opening up opportunities for you! Get in touch with us at Unified Sports and we will help you get your career as a sports psychologist started! 

 Imagine working for your favorite player or team, and being involved in sports that you are passionate about! Sounds like a dream right? Well, that’s what we are here for! Making your dream come true!

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