In many professions there are now organisations and associations that cater for the needs of the professional members. Examples in sport include the ‘League Managers Association’, the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), and the English Cricket Coaches Association (ECB-CA), amongst others. These associations provide specific support and services to their members who are active members of the profession. So, has the time come for an association for applied sport and performance psychologists?
‘To be the leading professional body representing business psychology by actively championing the benefits of the use of psychology in the workplace & by bringing together a community of practitioners & academics’.
Substitute ’sport and performance’ for ‘business’ and I think you have the start of something new and of value for applied sport psychologists:
‘To be the leading professional body representing sport and performance psychology by actively championing the benefits of the use of psychology in sport & by bringing together a community of practitioners & academics’.
Maybe the discipline has evolved sufficiently offer the last 25 years to now recognise that the world of the independent full-time applied consultant does exist, and needs its own voice and support that is very similar, but also distinct from that which has historically been the case. This in turn may necessitate the setting up of a new Association ran by applied sport psychologists for applied sport psychologists.