Duncan Simpson, Ph.D, CMPC is a sports psychologist and director of human resources development at IMG Academy - a boarding school and athletic training institute in Bradenton, Florida. Founded in 1978, the school has established a reputation as one of the world's leading institutions for athlete development.
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- Over 1,400 DI placements since 2011
- 153 DI internships from 2021 graduates and postgraduates
- National top 25 ranking for lacrosse every year since 2015
- 17 students and alumni selected in MLB draft since 2019
- 12 alumni on the NFL rosters start the 2021 season
- 11 alumni at the 2020 Summer Olympics
WHAT DOES A SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST DO?
In short, it is a Sports Medicine Specialist and Psychotherapist who works with athletes to help them gain the mental strength and stability to reach their full potential in their respective sport. Whether through mental training and visualization techniques or strategies to improve focus and concentration, stress management techniques, or addressing personal and interpersonal issues that may impact performance, the idea is to work with the athlete to build confidence and a positive attitude.
dr Simpson at IMG Academy oversees two ddepartments and works with student life, school sports and APD staff to ensure the best experience for 1400 student athletes. dr Simpson and his team use both qualitative and quantitative assessments to create a profile for each individual and aim to help each athlete develop confidence, resilience, motivation, focus, and other attributes critical to their performance are advantage.