The Existence of Sport Psychology Services Among NCAA Division I FBS University Athletic Departments and Counseling Centers

in The Sport Psychologist

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Eric W. HaydenUniversity of Akron

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Alan S. KornspanUniversity of Akron

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Zachary T. BrubackUniversity of Akron

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Michael C. ParentUniversity of Akron

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Matthew RodgersUniversity of Akron

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One hundred twenty university counseling centers and athletic-department websites were viewed and analyzed for the provision of sport psychology services specifically to NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Football Bowl Championship Series (FBS) student athletes. Using content-analysis methodology, the present research identified a fair number of university athletic departments (n = 29) and university counseling centers (n = 6) that provided specific sport psychology services. In addition, most athletic departments and counseling centers that provided sport psychology services had one individual on staff who was listed as the service provider. Results of the study are discussed in relation to providing a current understanding of the extent to which sport psychology is presently being provided to NCAA Division I FBS university student athletes. Future qualitative research is recommended to examine the work of professionals providing sport psychology services in athletic departments and counseling centers to better understand the precise nature of the services provided.

Hayden is with the Counseling Center, Kornspan the Dept. of Sport Science and Wellness Education, and Bruback the Dept. of Psychology, University of Akron, Akron, OH. Parent was with the Counseling Center, University of Akron, Akron, OH at the time of this research and is now with the Dept. of Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Rodgers was with the Dept. of Psychology, University of Akron, Akron, OH at the time of this research and is now with Scalise Industries, Pittsburgh, PA.

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