An Introduction for Parents
As a parent, you will play an influential role in your children’s involvement in sports. Often, you are the primary reason they become interested in participating and why they continue over time. All parents want their children to benefit from the positive aspects of sport, such as making new friends, learning new skills, being physically active, and having fun, but sometimes it can be hard to keep a perspective about what sport is supposed to be for kids when coaches and other parents are talking about select camps/academies, individual skill lessons, early development, and getting on the “right” team or with the “best” coach. To help you positively handle your children’s entry into sport, we encourage you to read our “Parent’s Guide to Creating a Positive Sport Environment.” Inside it you will find information and suggestions that can help you make sport the experience you want it to be for your kids. You also may want to visit Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS), which contains additional helpful information for those working with kids in sport.
If you would like more information about our sport psychology services and how we could work with your children’s team, their coaches, or even you, please visit our services page. In addition to our direct services, we offer a variety of free resources, including access to all of our Sport Psychology Newsletters and our Performance Notes.
UNT Center for Sport Psychology Services
Top level athletes know that to achieve performance excellence, they have to be at their best, not only physically, but mentally as well. Are you doing everything possible to ensure that you are mentally prepared to perform consistently at the highest level?
Whatever your skill level, your age, gender, or sport, we can help you evaluate your current performance and develop the skills and mindset needed to reach your optimal level of performance and enjoy what you are doing. We offer specialized services and resources for:
Graduate Education in Sport Psychology at UNT
At UNT, there are two educational options for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in sport psychology. First, within the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, students can pursue a master’s degree in Kinesiology that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of sport. To learn more about this degree option, click here.
Second, students can pursue a doctorate within the Psychology Department’s APA-accredited counseling psychology program and then select sport psychology as their specialization. Students who graduate from the doctoral program will be eligible for licensure as a psychologist and certification as a sport consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. To learn more about this degree option, click here.