Sports Psychology Demystified
(Ginsburg, R, as quoted in Hyman, M. 2009)
Injury (teen sidelined now effecting mood and relationship to family, friends)
Eating disorders (need to make weight for a competition or stay lean enough amongst a gymnastics team)
Lower income and environmental “meal ticket” culture
Depression / anxiety masked or disguised due to stigma
Sports are increasingly tied to achievement, self esteem development, and the increasingly long checklist of parenting demands on youth development and belongingness. The impact of sports on development is also significant to American culture, with youth sports and travel sports taking on increased importance and prevalence across the nation. Injuries and identity after an athletic career are also increasingly at the forefront of concerns for athletes of all levels. The purpose of this article is to highlight the expanding roles for the psychology profession in sports and working with athletes and to encourage an interest amongst professionals in greater expansion of the field and definition of clearly established training requirements.