The mind and body connection is what drives my philosophy in kinesiology. Working with athletes to enhance their performance through psychological counseling is an wonderful career. Would you like to pursue a career to help people and expand their athletic experience? Sports play a very dynamic and pivotal role in our society and should like to be a part of that industry in the most positive way you can. It is necessary to train both the mind and body for peak performance. Success in sports requires your mind and your body and as an athlete it is very important to have a clear mental picture of what it is you are striving for. Sports psychology can be defined as the study and application of the attitudes and behaviors of athletes (including team athletes) that impact (either positively or negatively) performance in sports or competitive settings.
In America, sport psychology’s roots date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when several psychologists started conducting sports-related studies. The first North American sports psychologist is from Indiana University named Norman Triplett. Triplett was the first researcher to confirm that bicyclists sometimes rode faster when they raced in groups or pairs than when they rode alone (Davis, S.F 2009 pg, 98-115). Coleman Griffith of the University of Illinois established the first sports psychology laboratory in North America in 1925. Griffith researched the effects on athletic performance with factors such as, “reaction time, mental awareness, muscular tension and relaxation and personality." He then published two books, the first The Psychology of Coaching (1926) first book published in the field of sport psychology. His second book was, The Psychology of Athletes (1928) (Hoffman, 2005, pg242). Griffith's laboratory closed in 1932 due to the economic downturn of The Great Depression. A temporary break took place in sport psychology's development because of The Great Depression, World War II and...
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