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1 Sport and Exercise Psychology Dr Tony Westbury

2 Sport and Exercise Psychology Sport Psychology – Performance Enhancement Exercise Psychology – Public Health

3 Training and accreditation for psychologists. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) – Supervised Experience / Accreditation. British Psychological Society (BPS) – GBR / Chartered Status

4 My Job Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology BASES Accredited – sport science support. -Support work since 1991 in curling, cricket, chess, fencing, gymnastics, golf, hockey, ice and rock climbing, mountain biking, track and field athletics and RUGBY… -Most of my work for the past 7 years has been in professional Rugby Union. Including an 18 month period as HQ Sport Psychologist with the SRU. -Specialist interest – injury rehab.

5 Career Flightpath Undergraduate joint honours biology / psychology degree (1984) Graduate Diploma in Psychology (1986) Ph.D in Sport Psychology (registered 1988) Part-time study whilst working. First lecturing job – Newcastle Poly. (1991) Staffordshire University (1992) Nene College ( ) Ph.D completion (1994)

6 Career Flightpath (longhaul!) Sheffield Hallam University ( ) I moved to SHU on the back of awarding of the UKSA to the city. Napier University present BASES Accreditation 2000 BASES Reaccreditation 2005 BPS Chartered 2008

7 Observations on my two roles Academia; - Rapidly changing. -Extremely beaurocratic. -Excellence in teaching not as important as research output and income generation. This has implications for sport science. -Stable, well-paid and excellent pension. Holidays arent as good as most people imagine!

8 Observations on my two roles Sport Psychological Support and Consultancy; -Very challenging in many ways. -Exciting in a way that teaching isnt. -A young persons pursuit?? -Very unpredictable. -You need to have a self-employed persons mindset.

9 Observations as a BASES supervisor Most sport science graduates dont have enough psychology to be effective sport psychologists. Most sport scientists are in a rush to get accredited. I can confidently report that it I did 10 years of support work before I gave more to my clients than I took from them. The most important part of the training is counselling. It helps to develop a mature philosophy of practice. A fair proportion of aspiring sport psychologists are motivated by a desire to go to the Olympics.

10 Opportunities Sport Psychology – still limited, much better than Pre1997. Trade-off between security of academia and risk of being self-employed. Exercise Psychology – many more opportunities. A real growth area (excuse the pun!) Opportunities in many sectors of the economy.


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