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Psychologist - Sports

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Applies psychological knowledge in sport settings to help athletes, coaches or sports teams reach higher levels of performance.

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  • Consulting with athletes and teams with a view to providing psychological skills training appropriate to the individual and commensurate with their level of participation.
  • Organising and operating workshops for coaches, teachers and exercise specialists.
  • Guiding and advising clubs, schools, coaches, parents and athletes in the application of sport psychology theories and practices.
  • Assisting governing bodies in the area of planning and implementing policy relating to participation, performance and training from a psychological perspective.
  • Counselling referees to deal with the stressful and demanding aspects of their role.
  • Advising coaches on how to build cohesion within their team.
  • Helping athletes to deal with the psychological and emotional consequences of sustaining an injury.
  • Planning and conducting research in sports psychology.
  • Keeping up to date with the literature and best practice in their field.
  • Providing an arena for sports people to engage in reflective assessment of their involvement in sports and future developments.

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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
  Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  Tel: (01) 8608800
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