Sports Psychology Demystified

“’The question isn’t whether we’re emotionally invested in our children, because we are. It isn’t whether we see ourselves in our children, because we do. It’s when our investment becomes so great that what is good for the child becomes forgotten.’”
(Ginsburg, R, as quoted in Hyman, M. 2009)
Sports Psychologist Los Angeles

Injury (teen sidelined now effecting mood and relationship to family, friends)

Mental Performance Consultant

Eating disorders (need to make weight for a competition or stay lean enough amongst a gymnastics team)

Clinical Depression Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Lower income and environmental “meal ticket” culture

Mental Health Support Services

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.