What is Sport Psychology?

By Pat Kenny, M.A.   November 18th, 2014

_DSC4132 (1)Sport psychology is the study of how mental processes impact performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect the individual.  This field of study gathers knowledge from kinesiology, physiology, and psychology.  The belief that psychological concepts such as motivation, confidence, and anxiety impact performance has long been recognized as fact by coaches and performers.  However, most sources agree that sport psychology in the U.S. has only been practiced since the 1920’s.  Within those 90 years, we have examined, collected data, and come to understand much about the specific experience of human performance in competitive settings.  We work with individual athletes, coaches, teams, training staffs, as well as parents, in order to create optimal performance.