The professional field of sport psychology in Switzerland's structural properties

Seiler, Roland; Blaser, Marc; Stocker, Eva; Jänsch, Nicola (2018). The professional field of sport psychology in Switzerland's structural properties. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 25(1), pp. 33-44. Hogrefe

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High quality of sport psychology services is important both in sport and for sport psychology as a profession. An important component of structural quality is to know the providers and their qualification. Our aim is to contribute to the discussion, how structural properties in the field of applied sport psychology can be improved. To this end, we identified structural and process properties, using the example of the sport psychology landscape in Switzerland, and want to deduce generalisable recommendations. Based on the survey of Ehrlenspiel, Droste and Beckmann (2011) an online survey was conducted among the members of the Swiss Association of Sport Psychology (SASP) (N = 82, response rate 57.3 %). Respondents have different educational tracks and less than one quarter dispose of a specialised title FSP in sport psychology. On average, respondents work 33 % of their working hours in sport psychology; the range is between 0 % and 100 %. A large majority works as self-employed person and generates only a moderate income from working in sport psychology. Participants use intervision, supervision and congresses to maintain and further develop professional competences, however not all and not to a high extent. A higher number of certified sport psychologists enables professional organisations in sport psychology to represent sport psychology vis-à-vis the clients of sport psychology services and to pursue the aim of a structured co-operation with the sport organisations. The awareness has yet to rise that continuous education and self-reflection contribute to protect the profession and to hold one's ground in the professional field.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science II [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Seiler, Roland, Blaser, Marc Andreas, Stocker, Eva, von Allmen, Nicola


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment








Roland Seiler

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2018 12:09

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:30

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Angewandte Sportpsychologie, Qualitätsentwicklung, Berufsfeld, Weiterbildung, Professionalisierung


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