Foresee It, Believe It, Achieve It: The Power Of Visualization For Runners

What To Look For In A Sports Psychologist

In seeking a sports psychologist you want to be informed of certain terms, standards, and requirements. Not all services call for their doctors to have a license or to be legally certified; find out exactly what your provider’s credentials are. Ask what their highest degree of psychology is and where it was from. Further, ask for an explanation of their confidentiality agreements.

“Some people only have the sports science background and not the psychology background, we have other people that have the psychology background but not the sports science,” explains Dr. Bauman, “there’s a smaller group of us that have both the sports science and the sports psychology.”

From there, inquire as to which level of competition their experience is with and which kinds of athletes or programs they have worked with in the past. If they have mainly worked with high-schoolers and you are a Masters runner, you may not find they fit your needs the best. Go into a meeting like you’re interviewing them, don’t be afraid to ask questions and see how they react. In the end, trust your instincts and how the two of you relate and get along; it’s not uncommon to ‘shop around.’

“Athletes, maybe similar to a carpenter, need many tools to build a house,” professes Dr. Bauman. Visualization is one of those tools and, if utilized correctly, can become quite powerful in getting the very most out of yourself.


About The Author:

Caitlin Chock set the then National High School 5k Record (15:52.88) in 2004. Still an avid runner, she works as a freelance writer and artist.


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