From The Director
The mission of the Applied Sport Psychology Program (ASPP) is to enhance sport performance, foster academic and personal development, and promote overall physical and mental well-being of UC Davis student-athletes and coaches. ASPP is a division of both Counseling and Psychological Services and Intercollegiate Athletics. We strive to provide respectful treatment to people of every background who work, train and use ASPP services. Our staff embrace the richness brought by the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, spirituality, socioeconomic status, physical attributes, as well as other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity.
The American Psychological Association (Division 47) defines sport and exercise psychology as the scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity.
Sport psychology includes helping student-athletes use mental and emotional skills to achieve optimal mental health and performance, and understanding how participation in sport and exercise affects psychological development, health and well-being.
The Applied Sport Psychology Program at UCD includes sport consultation and psychological counseling for athletes.
Sport consultation includes:
- Performance enhancement services to teams, coaches, and athletes
- Educational programming to student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department staff on topics such as; diversity in sport, athlete physical and mental health topics,
- Coordinate with other athletic staff and campus resources to enhance student-athlete experience
- Crisis response for athletic department
Psychological Counseling includes:
- Working individually with student athletes with regard to performance and team related concerns
- Addressing personal, social, and academic concerns
- Counseling students with clinical problems such as depression, anxiety, substance use, or eating disorders
- Assisting with the psychological response to injury recovery