Our History

Founded in 1986, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) has emerged as the largest applied sport and exercise psychology organization in the world. Founding President, John M. Silva, established AASP to promote science and ethical practice in the field of sport and exercise psychology, while providing an opportunity for individuals to share information related to theory development, research, and the provision of psychological services to consumers. Today, AASP is a vibrant international, multidisciplinary organization.

Since its inception, AASP has committed significant time and effort to identify essential criteria to advance practice in the field of applied sport psychology. In 1989, AASP established and approved criteria for certification intended to demonstrate that individuals seeking certification must have obtained a minimal level of training and experience to provide professional services in applied sport psychology. Currently, AASP is the largest professional organization in North America that offers certification to qualified professionals who practicein the field of sport, exercise, and health psychology.

AASP Archives

AASP historical records and documents are housed at the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University.

Center for Archival Collections
5th Floor, Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403             
419-372-2411     
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/ms/page42832.html

The archives contain AASP documents such as newsletters, meeting minutes, committee reports, and conference abstracts. These documents date back to 1986, the first year of the Association.

In the very near future, all of our documents will be available electronically. We are in the process of scanning all early materials and ensuring that the collection is complete.

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