La Divisi贸n de Psicolog铆a de la Actividad F铆sica y el Deporte (DPAFD) del Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Psicolog铆a de Espa帽a consult贸 al Ministerio de Educaci贸n del Gobierno de Espa帽a si exist铆a alg煤n reconocimiento de la titulaci贸n de Coach Deportivo, Entrenador Mental o Actitudinal, y en su caso si facultan para el ejercicio de alguna profesi贸n reglada. Las conclusiones fueron que:

  • No existe formalmente la profesi贸n de coach deportivo, entrenador actitudinal o mental.
  • No existe, por tanto, ninguna formaci贸n ni centro oficial que pueda dar una titulaci贸n oficial en coach deportivo, entrenador actitudinal o mental.
  • S铆 que existe formaci贸n en contenidos de coaching en m谩steres universitarios o de entidades privadas. Es decir, que den formaci贸n en estrategias de coaching, pero en ning煤n caso conduce o determina un ejercicio profesional espec铆fico y diferenciado de las titulaciones ya reconocidas, como es el caso de la Psicolog铆a.

Por tanto, se deduce que coach no es una profesi贸n sujeta a ninguna regulaci贸n, como tampoco lo ser铆a la de curandero, la de asesor o la de vidente.

驴Es una amenaza el coaching deportivo para la psicolog铆a del deporte? Este es el verdadero debate

Lo m谩s interesante de este tema es que son los propios psic贸logos los dan la impresi贸n de no tener las ideas claras. Inicialmente el coaching surgi贸 como una forma de hacer 芦psicolog铆a禄 por personas que no eran psic贸logos, bajo una denominaci贸n novedosa, comercial, y exenta del carga sem谩ntica de la palabra psicolog铆a.

Est谩 claro que a quienes no somos psic贸logos cl铆nicos nos cuesta tiempo explicar que no atendemos trastornos cl铆nicos, y nuestros clientes no sufren trastornos. Todav铆a escuchamos la popular expresi贸n 芦si yo no estoy loco禄, tal como expliqu茅 en otras ocasiones. Por tanto, algunos psic贸logos (tambi茅n del deporte), interesados en su propio crecimiento comercial, no vieron mal la idea de vender tambi茅n coaching. Por una parte, porque cre铆an poder hacer coaching mejor que los autodenominados coaches y as铆 reducir a la competencia. Pero tambi茅n porque as铆 podr铆an ganar dinero.

驴Es una amenaza el coaching deportivo para la psicolog铆a del deporte? Este es el verdadero debate. La respuesta es no. La mayor amenaza est谩 entre los propios psic贸logos del deporte y su falta de ideas.

Tal como parece que era la intenci贸n de la consulta al Ministerio de Educaci贸n, los Colegios Oficiales de Psicolog铆a podr铆an tener una postura claramente en contra del coaching, pero estos son algunos ejemplos claramente contradictorios:

Primer ejemplo

Segundo ejemplo

Tercer ejemplo

驴Se puede ser pir贸mano y bombero al mismo tiempo? En las pel铆culas s铆, pero siempre acaba mal.

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Psychology and sport coaching

The Exercise and Sport Psychology Division of the Official College of Psychologists of Spain asked to the Ministry of Education if there was any official certification for the degrees in sport, mental or attitudinal coaching. And, in this case, if they allow for a license in any regulated profession. The main conclusions were:

  • There is no formal profession of sport coaching, or attitudinal or mental coaching.
  • As a consequence, there is no education program or official center allowed to offer an official degree in sport coaching, or attitudinal or mental coaching.
  • It exists an education offer on coaching contents through master degrees or private organizations. That is, they offer education in coaching strategies, but they never lead to, or determine, a specific professional practice and differentiated from recognized degrees, which is the case of Psychology.

Therefore, we deduce that coaching is not a regulated professional practice, the same that applies for quack doctors, advisors or clairvoyants.

The most interesting thing of this issue is how the psychologists give the impression of lacking clear ideas. At the beginning, the coaching emerged as a way for the practice of 芦psychology禄 from non-psychologists, under a brand new name, very commercial and exempt of semantic properties of the word Psychology.

Is the Sport Coaching a menace for the Sport Psychology? This is the true debate

It is clear that us, non-clinical psychologists, we have to spend time explaining that we do not take care of clinical disorders, and our clients do not suffer disorders. We still have to hear 芦but I am not crazy禄, like I wrote before. Consequently, some psychologists (even sport psychologists), who were focused on their own commercial growth, did not see selling coaching services as a bad idea. On one hand, because they thought that they would be able to do better coaching that the self-denominated coaches, and thus to reduce the competence. But also because they could make money.

Is the Sport Coaching a menace for the Sport Psychology? This is the true debate. The answer is no. The greatest threat lies on the sport psychologists themselves, and their lack of ideas.

The inquiry to the Ministry of Education from the Official College of Psychologists might show their intention of setting a clear position against the coaching. However, here are some clearly contradictory examples:

First example

Second example

Third example

Can you be a pyromaniac and a firefighter at the same time? Yes, in the movies. But it always ends badly.