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2021, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Part B

Sports psychology association of India: An overview

Author(s): Ashok Kumar and Dr. Sandeep Bhalla

Sport psychology is a proficiency that uses psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes, developmental and social aspects of sports participation, and systemic issues associated with sports settings and organizations. In other words, sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. Sports Psychology Association of India (SPAI) aims to increase athletic performance by instilling mental toughness and minimizing the psychological effects of poor performance. SPAI, a government recognized association registered under the registered act of society, is striving to contribute towards developing grassroot of Indian sports sciences and create a culture conducive to strive in the present high demand scenario. SPAI believes that if sports psychology in India is to develop further, top priority must be given to the establishment of degree courses and programmes at academic institutions. This would result in the first generation of Indian scientists, specifically trained in the field of sports psychology. SPAI’s achievements include- Number of participants: 650; Latest conference was concluded at Mumbai, BPCA Wadala at 29 Dec 2017; Large demand for initiative towards organization of more such conferences by various cities of the country like Puducherry, Shimla, Nagpur; and Continuous contribution towards publishing the latest research works and contributions in sports development through sports psychology and provide platform to the sports psychologist to spread their skills and knowledge to sports development in India. SPAI’s present initiatives include- SPAI awards: Best research paper, lifetime award, young scientist award; and Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology. SPAI’s future initiatives include- Certificate course in sports psychology; Providing scientific support to athletes for enhancement of sports; and Athlete counseling to players of various sports and demographic region.

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Ashok Kumar, Dr. Sandeep Bhalla. Sports psychology association of India: An overview. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2021;8(3):77-80.

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