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Sports psychology is one specialisation of psychology which deals predominantly with the behaviour and mental well-being of athletes with a view to maximise performance, achievement and enjoyment in their chosen sport. Sports psychologists may deal with issues such as motivation, endurance and strategies for dealing with defeat with their clients.
To use the name "psychologist" a minimum of four years tertiary study in an accredited psychology degree, along with either a masters in psychology or two years or equivalent board recognised supervision in required. Practitioners are also required to gain accreditation with the professional council representing psychology in Australia. Typically, sports psychologists particularly those working in private practice complete post-graduate specialisation at least at a master's level.