Q&A with Sports Psychologist, Jim Taylor, PhD
Q: What is sports psychology and how is it different than other types of psychology?
Sports psychology is a subgroup of the field of psychology that applies the theory, principles and strategies used in clinical and counseling psychology to sports, athletes and coaches. Unlike other fields of psychology, [Short Code Error: type value must be either online or ground] that ultimately what enables one athlete to succeed, to win on the day of his/her Olympic event, or in the World Series, is not physical capabilities or equipment; it's whether he or she has the mental capability.
Q: Any other particular recommendations for aspiring sports psychologists?
Despite the sort of cautionary nature of some of my comments, I feel that I've had an incredible experience in my career. People who are interested in sports psychology and want to have a successful career have to put in a lot of time and make a lot of sacrifices. But, it's an incredible opportunity. I've been able to help people, meet star athletes, travel the world and have financial stability and a lot of freedom.