Brief Into to the Role of Sport Psychologist

Sport psychologists help professional and amateur athletes

This article is a great introduction to the role of a Sport Psychologist by the American Psychological Association. It briefly discusses to the role of a sport psychologist and some areas of practice. Not every sport psychologist is a doctoral level psychologist and not every sport psychologist is licensed. When choosing to work with a sport or health care professional don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek information that person’s credentials, training, background, and education.

The wonderful aspect of my work is summed up in this statement taken from the article, “Sports psychology can even help people off the playing field. The same strategies that sport psychologists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example — are also useful in the workplace and other settings.” I firmly believe that what can learned or applied to sport, can also be applied to life. If you have any questions on how mental skills coaching can help or address areas in your life that you would like to change contact Dr. G for a free consultation.


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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.

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