Sport psych. expertise top-level sports


International Society of Sport PsychologyDeutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB)Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft (BISp)Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen e.V.Österreichischen Bundesnetzwerk Sportpsychologie

Sport psychological expertise in top-level sports

Below you will find information about sport psychological expertise in top-level sports.

Ethical guidelines and self-conception

The asp has formulated ethical guidelines for sport psychological support and counseling as well as a statement in regard to self-conception of sport psychology in Germany (both in german language).

The occupation "sport psychologist"

The occupation psychologist can only be acquired by people having successfully passed studies of psychology (diploma or master degree) (for further information click: This includes bearing the title of sport psychologist. The asp is in a close communication with the bdp on this issue.

Quality criteria for the sport psychological support in the field of top-level sport

Just as for other training and support services the sport psychological counseling and support in professional and top-level sports has to meet the requirements for excellence, quality and reliability. The BISp, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the asp have therefore defined criteria as guidelines and recommendations on qualifications and training, for quality assurance of practical psychological work in professional sports. A person must demonstrate this kind of quality work in performance-oriented sports or on federal funding (co-financed sport psychological support activities) to be allowed to exercise in professional sports.

Therefore, the following requirements are applicable:

Persons, who fulfill this criteria, are allowed to be called "sport psychological expert" (asp-Curriculum elite sport) and get acknowledged by the asp, BISp and DOSB. (Source:

Expert database of sport psychology (BISp)

The expert database sport psychology of BISp contains qualified and experienced persons for the psychological support and counseling of top-level athletes in elite sport. For admission all of the previously named quality criteria for sport psychological support in elite sport must be fulfilled. Here is the link for the admission criteria.

Diagnostic portal of sport psychology (BISp)

The diagnostic portal of sport psychology of the BISp contains standardised sport psychology tests from various fields (among others: motivation and volition). Here is the link for the diagnostic portal.

last change: 08.05.2020 by Jana Peikenkamp

16th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Padova, 11.-16. Juli 2022