An online degree in sports psychology will prepare you to improve the performance of athletes or assist the athletes in maintaining their mental health and well being. As with any careers in any branch of psychology, extensive training is required to become proficient in the sports psychology field. For example, to even receive training and experience, a master's degree is essential. Distance learning can be a good option to take the required courses. This approach can provide flexibility and defray some of the cost of the curriculum. A doctorate is required to actually practice as a sports psychologist. That's because the law mandates a license to counsel clients. Very few programs (although they are increasing) offer a sports psychology degree. Most of the professionals in the field obtain a doctorate of psychology and acquire experience in sports psychology along the way.