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Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. [1] In this article, we will discuss the meaning of sports psychology, from where we can pursue the course, and career opportunities in India.

Lots of people think that sports are merely a game of running, skipping, swimming, and many other physical involvements. But that’s partially correct.

Sports also involve mental and emotional aspects. Before playing any sport on real ground, we often had played it many times in our mind. And think who will win and who will lose.

The person who wins many times in his/her mind is more likely to have more confidence, and motivation in the real ground and will perform better.

It also happens sometimes, despite training a lot, sportspeople do not perform well in tough situations like Finale. How a person will perform in sports also depend on their mental state.

Sports psychologist helps sportsmen to mentally prepare for the game, motivate them, empathetically guide them, and help them to perform to their maximum potential.

“An athlete can spend years of developing and sculpting their body for a perfect physical performance, however when it comes time to compete something else needs to be trained and prepared”.


History of Sports Psychology

First Sports Psychology Laboratory was founded by Dr. Carl Diem in Berlin, in the early 1920s.

In Russia sports psychology experiments began in 1925 at the institute of physical culture of Moscow and Leningrad and the formal sports psychology department was formed in 1930. [2]

In North America, the early year of sports psychology included studies of motor behavior, social facilitation, and habit formation.

Sports Psychology didn’t grow much in the 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, it acquired a more scientific approach to psychological issues of the sportsperson and a way to see the importance of psychology in sportsperson’s performance.

In today’s time, sports psychology is a very wide concept that involves biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, and psychology. [3]

What is the work of a Sports Psychologist?

work of sports psychologists

Sports Psychologist is a person who is an expert in understanding the sports person emotionally and mentally. So, he/she mentally prepare them for tough and tense situations.

They prepare sportspeople to handle failure, the setting up realistic goals and ways to achieve them, keep a check on anxiety level due to tough situations, work on their emotional stability, improve confidence, and concentration by confidence-building sessions, diet, medicine, and many other physical activities.

In short sports psychologists increase confidence, motivate, and helps sportspersons to deliver their best performance.

Scope of Sports Psychology in India

The market size of the Sports Industry in India was more than 91 billion in 2019. [4]

Due to the huge market size of sports in India, the demand for Sports psychologists in India is very high.

India is a sports-loving country, people here play many sports like cricket, football, badminton, bodybuilding, etc. Many play sports professionally or want to pursue sports as a career.

Many years back they were not aware of the mental aspect of the sport, but now due to the internet and many sports-related programs, they know the importance of psychology in sports.

You can work in this industry in India as Coach or you can work as a researcher.

Salary of sports Psychologists in India

The average salary for a beginner in this industry is not much. For example, they can get anything around 12000 Rs per month.

But as you progress you can go up to 2lakhs Rs. [5]

Moreover, demand for sports psychology is increasing, this will also result in a high paycheck. The sky is the limit because this industry is growing and we play many sports in India.

Institution offering Sports Psychology

Many institutions offer Sports Psychology in India. Following is the list. You can pursue, bachelor’s and master’s from them. And can further go for a doctorate.

Institution offering Sports Psychology

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Is Sports Psychologist a good career?

Sports psychologists motivate, encourage, control anxiety, bring the best of them, and prepare sportspeople for tough situations.

Sports psychology in India has a great scope. This industry is growing, and people are getting aware of the role of psychology in sports. Now people know sports is not merely a game of physical involvement, but it involves mental and emotional aspects too.


This article provides general information only. It would be better if you consult an expert. It is not a substitute for an expert at all.


My name is Kunal Koli . I am doing my BBA from Ambedkar University Delhi ( AUD) . I am from Delhi , India . I am passionate for Yoga and fitness. Without health, wealth has no meaning. And I am also learning Digital Marketing because Digital is the future. And I don’t want to get lost somewhere in obsolete World.

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