A list of resources for athletes, parents, and coaches on the latest sport psychology information, websites, and associations in the field. Additionally listed is information for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field.
NFL Life Line
Part of the NFL Total Wellness initiative, offers an independent, confidential 24/7 hotline (800-506-0078) and chat support for current and former NFL players, coaches, team and league staff, and family members.
Recognize to Recover
USA Soccer Federation’s mental health guide for identifying signs and behaviors of common mental health disorders among athletes and tips on having conversations around common mental health issues.
NCAA Mental Health Best Practices
The NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI) provides educational resources, best practice guidelines, data and research, related to collegiate student-athlete mental health and wellness.
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
Research, outreach and development programs to help children and youth athletes to maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participating in youth sports.
National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS)
Educates, equips and empowers youth sports leaders and parents to help children enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. The NAYS coach program offers training on coaching children with mental health challenges.
Coaches and Trainers
Managing Student-Athletes’ Mental Health Issues
This NCAA handbook provides information to easily identify student-athletes who are experiencing cognitive, behavior, emotional, and or physical symptoms related to mental health concerns.
Mind, Body and Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student Athlete Mental Wellness
This NCAA SSI publication offers personal accounts from athletes, signs and symptoms to recognize, as well as recommendations for athletic trainers and coaches.
Students Interested in the Field of Sport Psychology
APA Sport Psychology Proficiency Requirements
Training in psychological skills of athletes, in the well-being of athletes, in the systemic issues associated with sports organizations and in developmental and social aspects of sports participation.
American Psychological Association (APA), Division 47
Professional organization whose members are engaged in the science and practice of psychology within sport, exercise and human performance.
Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
Leading organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals. It offers certification for professionals and provides resources for athletes, parents, and coaches on mental performance and mental health.
Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA)
Professional organization of licensed mental health clinicians providing services to collegiate, olympic, and professional athletes.
The resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only and not intended to be used as medical and/or counseling advice. Listing of resources does not indicate an endorsement by Shira A. Oretzky, Ph.D. and she is not responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed resources.