The Spencer Institute’s Online Sports Psychology Certification Helps Coaches Train Stronger, More Focused Athletes of All Levels

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Since sports are just as much mental as they are physical, more sports psychologists are getting involved to help athletes achieve peak performance. To that end, The Spencer Institute offers an online Sports Psychology Certification designed for anyone who works closely with athletes.

Whether they are performed for leisure or competition, sports aren’t just speed and strength. Rather, a lot of mental discipline and psychology goes into racing, winning, losing and competing. Because psychology is such an intrinsic part of sports and fitness today, The Spencer Institute now offers an online Sports Psychology Certification Program for coaches and trainers.

Sports psychology is simply the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sports as well as the practical application of that study. Sport psychology coaches help people of all abilities increase their sports and fitness performance while enhancing the overall enjoyment of physical activity. Some coaches work with professional athletes while others specialize in particular disciplines, such as triathlons, kids fitness or college coaching. The Spencer Institute’s 100 percent online, self-paced training helps coaches understand how psychological factors impact clients’ performance and how participation in sports and fitness can influence psychological development and overall well-being. In turn, sports psychology coaches can help their athletes increase performance by managing emotions, expectations and outcomes.

“This online certification fits seamlessly into an existing career or interest in sports, fitness, coaching or psychology,” said Dr. John Spencer Ellis, CEO and president of The Spencer Institute and creator of the Sports Psychology Certification program. “When sports and psychology intersect successfully, athletes of all ages, interests and levels can enjoy greater success on the court or field while their coaches can enjoy greater satisfaction in their careers.”

The online training and certification includes online manuals, video and audio PowerPoint lectures, online study guide and an online exam. Topics covered include: achievement motivation and orientation, developing affirmations, analysis of performance, anchoring physical actions with mental thought processes, managing anxiety, explaining success and failure, self-projection, behavior modification and more. In addition, the training also offers guidance on developing a successful sports psychology business.

The Spencer Institute’s Sports Psychology certification is valid for two years; there are no prerequisites for registration, and the training must be completed within one year.


About the Spencer Institute
Founded by Dr. John Spencer Ellis, an international leader in wellness coaching, personal development and fitness, The Spencer Institute offers life coaching, holistic education, nutrition coaching, sports psychology and wellness training certification programs delivered in online and distance learning formats that are designed to provide a step-by-step blueprint to success. The programs were developed to help people find the career of their dreams while helping others live better lives. For more information about the Spencer Institute or the Sports Psychology Certification Program, please visit

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