Sport and exercise psychologist

Sport and exercise psychologist

Sport and exercise psychologists work with athletes and the general public to enhance sporting performance and assess the emotional benefits of exercise. They use a combination of biology and psychology as part of their day-to-day job.

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It’s been scientifically proven that exercise has a positive effect on the mind as well as the body. Sport and exercise psychologists study the effects of physical activity on mental health, and help professional athletes to reach peak performance using psychological approaches.

What's cool about being a sport and exercise psychologist?

Helping top athletes to cope with the psychological challenges of professional sport

Improving the health and wellbeing of the public through your work

Spending time in sporting environments, from gyms to Olympic stadiums

Subjects you'll need

Biology is a key subject for sport and exercise psychologists, and will give you the foundation to focus on specific areas of psychology later in your education. Psychologists often need to keep track of statistics, making maths another useful subject. PE lessons will also help you to understand the effects of sport and exercise on both mind and body.

Fun fact

Top athletes often attribute their success to psychological strength as well as physical skill. In the words of the great Muhammed Ali, “Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”

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