Behavioral sport psychology focuses on the use of behavioral analysis concepts, principles, and techniques to enhance the performance and satisfaction of athletes, teams, and coaches. Common interventions in this area include goal-setting and self-monitoring, self-talk regulation, imagery rehearsal/visualization, video feedback, auditory feedback, behavioral skills training, contingency management, and the development of user-friendly manuals and computer tools for athletes.

Behavioral sport psychology is one of many applied behavior analysis (ABA) subspecialties. To learn more about ABA and its application in other subspecialties, check out the About Behavior Analysis web page.

Behavioral Sport Psychology Subspecialty Fact Sheet

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Behavior sport psychology is one of several ABA subspecialty fact sheets produced by the BACB in partnership with subject matter experts (SMEs).

Each fact sheet also includes a list of additional resources and reading materials for those who wish to learn more.

This resource may be freely distributed and hosted online.

Behavior Analysis in Health, Fitness, and Sports

By Raymond G. Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D

You can find all of the BACB’s ABA subspecialty videos on our BACB Videos web page or our YouTube channel.

A breakdown of certificants by primary ABA subspecialty is available in the Primary Areas of Professional Emphasis infographic on the BACB Certificant Data web page.