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It could be said that striving for success is what characterizes humanity, or perhaps what characterizes humanity at its best. The pursuit of excellence is an upward and ongoing battle. Full of foreseen and unforeseen obstacles, challenges, setbacks and competition. However, the worlds elite performers, athletes, and entrepreneurs will agree:

“Success can only be measure by the obstacles you overcome and challenges you face in order to reach your goals.”

Unfortunately, there aren’t any cheat codes in this game, at least not yet. There are however, there are plenty of glitches and opportunities if you know where to look and how to use them to your advantage.

At SportsPsychology.com we provide performers with the mental tools needed to succeed and unlock their full potential in sports, business, performing arts, and everyday life.

Our performance experts are trained in psychological assessment and data analysis to uncover the deepest mental processes that influence your performance.

Our Sports Psychology Experts

SportsPsychology.com reserves the title Sports Psychology Expert for Sports Psychology Professionals who are educated in Sports Psychology - the scientific study of human performance and the psychological processes the influence performance in sports. Professionals who earn the title Sports Psychology Expert include:

1.Sport Psychology Consultants with graduate degree in Sports Psychology or Performance Psychology.
2.Sports Psychologists with significant training in performance enhancement or education in Sports Psychology.
3.Retired Professional Athletes with undergraduate training in psychology, education, or a related sports science.

We further distinguish the difference between the levels of graduate degree using the terms practitioner or scholar. At the masters level we these professional are active practitioners in the field of Sports Psychology. At the doctorate level this professionals are scholars whose research contributes to the advancements in the field of Sports Psychology.

A Breif History of Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology in the 1920s

Sports Psychology is an emerging field, but not a new one. It is as old as the Disney Company and Barbra Bush. The pioneers of Sports Psychology were experts in two areas – their field of study and of course sports. Sports Psychology Today is far from the field it once was and is no longer reserved for the world’s best athletes.

Known as the founding father of Sports Psychology, Coleman Griffith, was a psychology professor with a background in educational psychology. He began conducting research on athletics in the 1922, and published the first study in applied sports psychology in 1925. Dr. Griffith began giving lectures on the Psychology of Athletics was during the roaring twenties and prohibition. It was officially born the same period the first Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx and the Giants joined the NFL.
Sports Psychology in the 1930s

The 1930s were a difficult time all around and the whole world felt it with the Great Depression, Nazi Germany and the threat of Communism. Yet, the principles of sports psychology emerge as did the mentally tough. Gandhi used self-discipline, composure and commitment in his protests. Amelia Earhart broke down performance barriers with confidence, motivation, and determination rather than fear. Cinderella Man and FDR – talk about mental toughness. Both are great examples of human ability armed with the mental tools needed to succeed.
Sports Psychology in the 1960s

Outside of the military, the psychological study of human performance lacked momentum in the United State. It wasn’t until athletics and the military joined forces to gain a competitive edge over Russia during the Cold War Olympic Games that Sports Science found its momentum. In 1965, the First World Congress of Sport Psychology met in Italy, and the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) was born.
Sports Psychology in the 70s and 80s

By the 1970s and 1980s mavericks in the field began to emerge from diverse disciplines and some remain active in Sport Psychology today.

To be continued.
Sports Psychology in the 90s and 2000s

Sports Psychology 2010 - Present

For many youth athletes, Sports Psychology and Sports Mental Training are untouched avenues of performance enhancement training. Why?

Many young athletes and parents do not understand Sports Psychology and may be skeptical of its value.

The stigma that Sports Psychology Services are for athletes with psychological issues is 100% false - nothing but a myth from long ago. During a time when “sports psychologist” referred to anyone with a degree who worked with athletes because there wasn’t a sport psychology degree.

Sports Psychology today is far from the field it once was. Do not let the world psychology confuse or discourage you. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Sports Psychology is the scientific study of human performance and mental processes in sports.

Sports Psychology is not therapy or counseling it is education, training, coaching and consulting. The late great Major League Baseball Sports Psychologist Harvey Dorfman said it best:

"I'm not a shrink; I'm a stretch," Mr. Dorfman told skeptics. "I don't diminish - I expand."

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