Performance CoachingFor athletes, coaches and sportteams
Individual coaching for athletes and coaches
Athletes are often coming to me if their training performance is better than their game performance. When they play the game ‘they cannot show what they are capable of’ or ‘they perform under their potential’. This shows that other things are of influence during the game compared to practice. For your musculoskeletal system there is no difference; you have to take the same actions. But your thoughts make something special out of it. Thoughts like ‘Now I must show everyone that I can do this’ ‘I have to perform well, I’m not allowed to make mistakes’ and ‘I mustn’t get nervous now’ make you experience the game differently. Which can result in muscle tension, adrenaline and a different focus. This doesn’t have to be bad, but too much of this can lead to underperformance.
In one-on-one sessions we will examine what your current status is. There might be problems and underperformance, but it doesn’t have to be. Some athletes just want to perform better and use these sessions to achieve that.
Also coaches want to use sport psychology principles in coaching their athletes. In doing so the athletes will perform better. Coaches also come to me for their own personal development.
Coaching Sport Teams
Team Sport contains communication (tactics), decision making (game insight) and the execution of these decisions during the game (technics and fitness). Of these components communication is the most important one. It is of the highest order. You can be a fantastic player with a brilliant technique, but if you don’t work together with your teammates, it’s going to be very difficult to win.
Based on the info he gathered (for instance the position of his teammates and opponents, the distance to the goal) the player will make a decision (game insight). After making the decision, he will execute it. A wrong pass can be due to a wrong decision or a ‘bad’ execution of a ‘good’ decision. It is important for a coach to check which of the two is the case when coaching the player.
To make you teammates more predictable (=teamwork), you’ll have to improve the communication between the players (verbal and non-verbal). So it is good to know what the underlying principles of communication are and how you can influence and train them in a positive way.
Workshops for groups (for example athletes of different sports, coaches, medical staff, sport organisations)
In the workshops for groups different subjects about sport psychology are possible. I give workshops about communication for cycle coaches of the National Cycle Federation. And for the education of sport physiotherapists and sports physicians I give classes about the psychological factors that play a role in injury prevention, recovery and rehabilitation. These are just a few examples. For more options check ‘presentations’. All workshop are custom made. For references about these workshops check here (verwijzing naar de referenties over workshops).
Besides workshops I also give classes on universities, courses and/ or other forms of education. Of course different topics are possible, like applied spot psychology, performing under pressure, the psychological factors that play a role in injury prevention, recovery and rehabilitation, Imagery, communication, performance enhancement with brain training, self- confidence, etc. You can find more presentation here (link naar presentaties)
In my presentations I share my experience working with athletes, coaches and teams. This makes the content easy to apply. I leave plenty of room for interaction and questions.