Prevention is better than cure
While there is starting to be some change in the way that psychologists are used in sport, in my experience it is still predominantly in an attempt to ‘cure’ some specific performance issue. I find this approach interesting as, for most sports performers, that big final or opportunity comes along very infrequently. As a result, finding out that you were not good enough or couldn’t cope after the event is not particularly useful. Indeed for many individuals and teams who squander there big chance there is no second bite of the cherry. So, while you might engage the services of a sport psychologist to help fix whatever went wrong the first time round you might never get another chance.