Sport specific mental coaching, sport specific rehabilitaion, sport specific excercises.

Team members: Rozanne Raath, Maryna Wessels Physiotherapy, Christine Wall Biokinetics

We are a group, passionate about sport, that uses a Team approach when working with athletes. Sport specific mental coaching, sport specific rehabilitaion, sport specific excercises. We are based in Bloemfontein, but will travel according to your needs.

The American Psychological Association defines sport psychology as “the study of the psychological and mental factors that influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity, and the application of the knowledge gained through this study to everyday settings.” Sport psychology Researcher Robin S. Vealey has concluded that the weight of evidence suggests that sport psychology techniques are effective, according to Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Sports psychologists/mental coach work with both elite and recreational athletes, individuals and teams, parents and coaches; areas that a sport psychologist/mental coach can help with could include the following:

1. Mental skills training
•Goal Setting
•Imagery and Visualization
•Relaxation and Emotional Control
•Self-Talk and Cognitive Control
•Concentration and Focus
•Pre-competition routines and preparation
•The Flow experience – Being in ‘the zone’
•Dealing with success and failure

2. Mental Toughness
> Helping athletes through injury and rehabilitation
> Career advice and coping with retirement or non-selection
> Team unity, cohesion and communication

3. Clinical issues (that would be referred to a Clinical Psychologist)such as:
• Eating Disorders
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Relationship issues
• Sleeping problems

4. Dealing with burn out
5. Maintaining a balance in sport and life

Contact us to be referred to a professional who can address your specific need.

Other options for individuals and groups are:

1. Let us do an introduction and motivational workshop for the parents and coaches at your club, school or union.
2. Get your athletes, coaches and parents together for the Team Approach sports workshops (focussing on specific themes) presented by a life coach, biokineticist and physiotherapist.
3. Refer your athletes for individual sessions with the above professionals.



Highlights were:
• Antheny winning Magersfontein
• Leanda winning Magersfontein
• Marco finishing the Argus in a good time.
• Ellene playing great golf in Cape town
• Gustav playing a decent round in Kimberley
• Frikkie showing his biceps at the Longest Drive competition at Tempe
• Chade playing a personal best at Magersfontein.

Other events by INSPIRED were: VOLUIT VROU by Madeleen Steenkamp. The event was a great success and the ladies had such a blast! Keep up with the next events on our website

A must listen: In a Podcast, Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brian Gardner, successful youth hockey coach and Program Coordinator of Student Involvement, Maryville University of Saint Louis. You’ll find Brian’s interview in Show 8: What Parents Should Say During the Drive Home After a Game. Just click on this link

Gardner explains how well-meaning parents detract from their child’s sports experience after games and the effects of parent coaching on team performance in hockey. In addition, we give parents his top tips for helping young athletes during the drive home from a game.

This article about parenting is such a true one, many thanks to these guys for sharing it with us, © 2009 The Ultimate Sports Parent by

Attached is the fuller guide to good sports parenting, enjoy it!

It’s true sports parents too often get hot under the collar and yell at coaches, refs and even their sports kids during games. But critics need to show these parents some empathy and give
them a break. That’s the word from Nancy Peter, director of the out-of-school time resource center at the University of Pennsylvania who studied why parents can get out of hand in youth sports. Peter is quick to confess that she found herself experiencing strong emotions when her son played competitive baseball. To better understand what was going on, she did some research into her local little league. She sent parents involved in the little league a survey, observed numerous games, and interviewed parents in person.

Peter concluded that many parents, like herself, experience strong emotions when they’re watching youth sports…These feelings are triggered by a number of factors–including pride, anxiety, and a primal drive to protect their kids, she says. Parents need to be aware of these strong feelings, learn to be good sports parents and moderate their behavior, Peter says. Feelings aren’t facts, she says. “You don’t have to act on strong feelings; you have a filter,” she says.

“My big recommendation is not to be punitive to parents but approach them with empathy. For some parents, this is a new experience,” says Peter. “They are not innately bad or insensitive.” Coaches and leagues need to give parents resources to help educate them, Peter says. In addition, coaches and leagues need to help parents brace for situations that will prompt strong emotions, she says.

“If there’s a high-stakes game, send a reminder to parents. You will be stressed…Don’t humiliate or degrade children. Don’t get in the way of coaches,’” she says. What’s more, Peter concluded that sports kids are more resilient than parents think they are. “Over the years, kids learn to bounce back,” she says. “Parents sometimes don’t give kids credit for being able to bounce back.” Instead, they’re over-protective. “They end up embarrassing the child and removing the opportunity for the kid to cope,” she says. Peter says parents are capable of changing their behavior. “I did,” she says. “My feelings haven’t changed much, but my actions have changed.”

Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, recommendations or bookings. And if you need help with controlling your emotions, give me a call to arrange a session.
Have a great week!