Applied sport psychology: Are we a profession?

Winter, S., and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2016) Applied sport psychology: Are we a profession? The Sport Psychologist, 30 (1). pp. 89-96. ISSN 0888-4781

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Although the field of applied sport psychology has developed, it faces further challenges on its way towards gaining greater professional status. The following principal criteria of professionalism are proposed as a test of such status (Carr, 1999): (a) provide an important public service; (b) underpinning knowledge base; (c) organizational regulation; (d) distinct ethical dimension; and (e) professional autonomy. This paper undertakes to explore the nature of implications for practice and the extent to which the suggested principal criteria justify a distinctive applied sport psychology profession. In doing so, we hope to stimulate debate on these, and other issues, in order that an even greater professionalization of our applied discipline may emerge.

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