As a coach, you understand that sport performances result from a combination of excellence in four important areas: technique, physical conditioning, tactics/strategies, and mental readiness. And when athletes and teams fall short in any one of these areas, their overall performance is likely to suffer. Some coaches, though, may be unsure what they can do to directly improve their athletes’ mental toughness or their team’s cohesion, confidence, and communication. Thus, we provide a wide range of FREE sport psychology resources that you can use to improve the mental training of your teams and athletes and help them develop the needed skills.
An Introduction for Coaches
As a Coach you it may prove beneficial to consider the following questions:
1. Have you ever been stressed by or had difficulty working with your athletes, their parents, or your administration?
2. Has your team ever not...
Coaching Youth Sports
One of the most challenging, yet rewarding, tasks a parent can take on is coaching a youth sport team. In this role, you have the opportunity to (a) create a positive environment where kids can develop a love of sport, (b) teach new skills that...
Sport Psychology Newsletters
Covering issues ranging from mental toughness, to preparing for the big competition, to successfully managing stress, to interviews with elite athletes and professional sport psychologists, each newsletter provides 2-4 articles on important and...
Sport Psychology Performance Notes
In addition to the more comprehensive coverage of sport psychology topics offered in our newsletter, our Performance Notes provide specific suggestions for handling a wide range of issues that athletes and coaches may experience, including:...
Quotes from famous athletes, coaches, professionals, and historical figures can serve as a source of inspiration. They can motivate you, help elevate performances, or illustrate an important point. Here we provide you with quotes that you may...
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.