Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology

Sport is an important part of the South African schooling system benefitting the total development of children. While the physical benefits of sport are extremely important, its psychological component is just as important and often neglected. Sport Psychology helps to develop necessary life skills related to enhancing sport performance in conjunction with the physical dimension.

Dr Andrew Lewis is a registered Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Educational Psychologist with a post-graduate qualification in Sport Psychology. He works with athletes who compete at national and international level and those who compete for pleasure. Institutions he has collaborated with are, amongst others, Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute (SUSPI) and Stellenbosch University Centre for Human Performance Sciences (CHPS). He has an extensive sport background and understands the demands and pressure of competitive sport and competes in the Ironman triathlon and has successfully completed two (Western Australia & South Africa).

Sport Psychology services offered include individual and/or group sessions for:

  • Psycho-educational programs where the focus is on sport performance enhancement.
  • Sport counselling services to explore how personal challenges / issues effect the athlete and their sport performance.
  • Assessments to identify and classify performance related challenges and issues.

His approach to Sport Psychology is through the medium of individual consultations; group sessions with athletes and coaches, observing practice sessions/matches/tournaments/races, workshop presentations and talks to athletes/coaches/parents.

Themes covered include:

Developing leadership skills in sport

Mental skills in sport

Goal setting in sport

Time management in sport

Problem-solving, decision making and conflict management in sport

Living a healthy sport life

Intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and sport

Professional behaviour on the sport field

Stress and burnout in sport

Stress management and sport, and

Sport as a career

Themes are tailored to the specific needs of the individual, team and school/institution.

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