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SportPsychology India

SportPsychology India

About AASP

Founded in 1986, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) promotes the ethical practice, science, and advocacy of sport and exercise psychology. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals who practice sport and exercise psychology. Those professionals who receive the status of Certified Consultant from AASP are referred to as CC-AASP. Verify Irina’s AASP certification here.


With members in 38 countries outside U.S.A., AASP is a worldwide leader, sharing research and resources that will improve sport and exercise performance. For more information, please visit the website at

AASP Certification

Only those individuals with specialized training and with appropriate certification and/or licensure may call themselves an Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Anyone seeking the services of an applied sport and exercise psychology professional should ask about the professional's credentials, clientele, experience, and membership in professional organizations such as the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and/or the American Psychological Association (APA).


A growing number of applied sport and exercise psychology professionals are certified by the AASP. These professionals -- who earn the designation Certified Consultant, AASP (or CC, AASP) -- have met a minimum standard of education and training in the sport sciences and in psychology. They have also undergone an extensive review process. The AASP certification process encourages applied sport and exercise psychology professionals who complete it to maintain high standards of professional conduct while giving service to others.


AASP Certified Consultants and specially trained licensed psychologists are typically the most competent practitioners in applied sport and exercise psychology. Although there are many specific concepts within applied sport and exercise psychology (e.g., goal setting, concentration, motivation, relaxation, imagery), the general goal is to teach mental skills necessary to perform consistently in training and competition, increase adherence to exercise programs, and to help individuals realize their potential.



What To Look For (And Avoid) In A Sport Psychology Consultant

 What to Look For  

  • Someone who is certified through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), or a similar association certifying Sport Psychologists.
  • A Sport Psychologist who has done an internship or practicum working with athletes will be far more experienced dealing with any performance related issues over someone who has had no internship or training dealing with athletes.
  • A Sport Psychology Consultant who has studied Applied Sport Psychology, rather than someone who has done only research in Sport Psychology.
  • A Sport Psychology Consultant with whom you have a good connection, rapport and comfort level. Many consultants offer a free introductory phone session to establish whether mental training will meet your needs and to make sure you feel you will work well together.
  • A Sport Psychologist who has played competitive sport themselves. A professional who has played competitive sport will be able to understand what you are going through better than someone who is a non-athlete.

 What to Avoid  

  • Anyone who can guarantee that you will win or see immediate results (Would you trust a coach who said they could guarantee success after one day of practice?)
  • Someone without an advanced degree in sport psychology and certification.
  • A psychologist, motivational speaker, or life coach without any educational background in sport science