Sport Psychologist has the credit of Iga Swiatek’s French Open Title 2020!

Sport Psychologist Daria Abramowicz has credit of Iga Swiatek’s French Open Title 2020!

First Polish tennis player to win the French Open title 2020 Iga Swiatek (19 yrs) gives credit of her success to her sport psychologist- Daria Abramowicz.

Daria Abramowicz sport psychologist of Iga Swiatek

Daria Abramowicz sport psychologist of Iga Swiatek

First time, a 19 year old girl have achieved French open title 2020 her success with the help of Dairia, Iga Swiatek said  “She understands me and she is a sports psychologist, so both on court and off court she is doing, with me, a great job,”

Iga Swiatek and Daria Abramowicz have worked together for almost two years. Swiatek took efforts to work hard on her mental game for overall game.
Iga call her mind mentor.
Swiatek told in one of her interview that working on mental health is a long process but It helped me during the whole tournament especially after coming back from Covid pandemic.
We can understand the efforts of Sport Psychologist Daria Abramowicz in Iga success by reading what Iga said about Daria-
“We did great work the last few weeks to lower my expectations and come back to basics and just focus on having fun on court.”
“Before I had a problem with playing under pressure because I felt great in practices and then, in a match, suddenly my tennis was a little bit worse,”
“But in this tournament, I finally realized that I can do it and I just need to be mentally prepared and have a proper mindset.
“She helped me a lot during that process but also she’s helping me develop as a person and as a player.”
Daria Abramowicz said the younger generation of sports stars appear more comfortable when talking about their mental health. and with Iga Swiatek she really appreciate that she’s so aware at this younger age.

On above experiences of Iga Swiatek a grand slam winner, we can understand the importance of sport psychologist.

Sport psychologist like Daria Abramowicz can play a vital role to keep player healthy, mentally healthy.

Why to keep expectation low? How to keep expectation low? How these keeping low expectation will reduce the pressure, anxiety and fear of a player. If you are not experiencing these negative emotions, you are definitely going to perform well.

A sport psychologist can mentor/ guide you (Sport person or any person). How to be a competent player while keeping low expectations. How to keep up that sport sprit which is crucial for every player and his/her success.

Sport psychologist is a professional that can uses psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes. (Sport psychology, APA).

What is Sport Psychology?

Applying psychological principles theories, facts, data, research, etc to improve performance of sport person, increase his motivation and decrease the pressure & other negative emotions .

History of Sports Psychology

Relatively younger discipline of psychology.

Carl Diem (1920) established the  first sports psychology laboratory at the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Germany.

American sport psychologis, Coleman Griffith published books- The Psychology of Coaching (1926), The Psychology of Athletics (1928).

Ferruccio Antonelli founded the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) in 1965. which is still working in the field of sport psychology.

Journal of Sport Psychology first published in 1979. Now it is renamed as Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology  by An Official Publication of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.

Scope of Sports Psychology

  • Attention: Involves the ability to focus and tune out distractions, such as a crowd of screaming fans, and focus attention on the task at hand.
  • Visualization: Involves imagery of performing a task, such as participating in an athletic event or successfully performing a particular task or skill.
  • Motivation:  the study of  both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators.
    • Extrinsic motivators- are external rewards, such as trophies, money, medals, or social recognition.
    • Intrinsic motivators- arise from within, such as a personal desire to win or the sense of pride that comes from performing a skill.

Career as Sports Psychologist

The American Psychological Association describes sports psychology as a “hot career,” suggesting that those working in university athletic departments earn around $60,000 to $80,000 per year.

But in India, it is “Dead Cool career” with no recognition and money. You need to invest so much time and money to get placed as sport psychologist. There was Bhishmaraj Bam a famous sport psychologist.

Now a days, Government of India taking efforts to promote sport so demand of sport psychologist will rise in future.

Schemes like Khelo India, Fit India, will be making room for sport psychology.

Sport Psychology Courses

National Sport University, Manipur, India.

References for Sport Psychology




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