WHO IS SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR?
We offer comprehensive sports psychology guidance, training and coaching for individuals, coaches, managers and teams. We also run sport-specific courses and continuing education for coaches. We are even available for lectures and workshops on our specialism of team analysis and development, on request:
OUR EXPERTISE !
In one-to-one coaching, we work closely with you to develop and train your mental strengths, so that you can independently put them to use in training and in competition, helping you to reach the next level of achievement and success.
Other focal points include motivation and setting targets, managing recovery and pressure, how to handle fear and stress, preparation strategies for major sporting events, dealing with injury, but also aspects of personal development, career and life planning, or how to optimise the competitive environment. At a social level, an issue we often work on is improving interaction and communication with coaches or other athletes in a team.
Coach the Coach
Depending on the sport and the level, the demands placed on coaches can be extremely high and very varied. In individual coaching, it is often all about optimising communication between coach and athlete with mutual success in mind.
The coach/athlete relationship can be affected by a variety of issues arising from their personalities. Particularly for team sports coaches, effective communication under increased time pressure is important for mutual success. Other focal points may include managing recovery and stress, handling high-pressure situations, or dealing with the particular demands of professional sport in terms of success or failure, and with high levels of media attention.
When professional or competitive teams or clubs form managerial and sporting strategies and goals, sports managers can find themselves torn between short-term and long-term plans. The fast pace of professional sport often conflicts with the pursuit of long-term positive development and sustainable plans and structuring.
We often advise or work with sports managers on issues such as internal and external communication, guidance on organisation and structuring within a business, club or association, working with both full-time paid staff and volunteers. Work-related competition is also not necessarily that different from competitive situations in sport. Decades of valuable experience and methods used in management and sport can come into play in our work with you.
Based on the aspirations, issues and goals you discuss with us, we can assist and support you not only with your sports career, but also, if you wish, we can offer you independent and comprehensive advice on your plans for the future. For example, for professional and performance sportspeople, we can provide dual career advice. The goal is to recognise your strengths to improve your game but also for your further professional career.
During your consultation we can also, if applicable, use tools for personality analysis on request. For example, in our work with sportspeople, there is a tried and tested method called motive structure analysis. We like to use instruments such as LUXXprofile™ as a testing method.
To us, the team doesn’t just consist of the players out on the field. All the coaches and staff members, who work with the players on a daily basis, belong in our understanding of the team as a competitive unit.
The unique composition of the team, the environmental conditions, and how the season is going all have a deciding influence on how the team may play together at any given moment, how they are together as a team, their performance and their stability. With team coaching, we bring all the influential factors together into one perspective. Using an analysis method specially developed for sports teams, we can quickly and reliably identify a team’s current state and mindset. Combined with an evaluation of day-to-day participant observation during training and competition, as well as game analysis, we devise tailor-made measures that we can either recommend to coaching staff/players, or that we can work through with them. The aim is continuous support and guidance for the team throughout the season as it progresses.
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
We are pleased to be able to offer specialised lectures and workshops on our key areas, tailored to your sport or your club, association or business, on request. Competitive situations for sports teams can often be compared to competition in business management: many of the methods and tools we use are also invaluable for companies and organisations.
COURSES AND CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR COACHES
Age-appropriate mental training and professional sports psychology guidance at every stage of a competitive sports career is sadly still wishful thinking in most sports. So we believe that courses and continued education play a vital role for coaches, as they are key figures in sport, in particular for children and young people.
On request, we are pleased to be able to offer training or continued education for your organisation’s coaching and staff members, and for coaches at different levels (German C, B and A). We can offer tailored sport-specific seminars or courses, at your team’s home ground or at youth training centres.