Sport Psychology is a scientific approach to people in sport and exercise contexts. This includes the study of how psychological factors affect an individual’s and a team’s performance in sports and how participation in exercise and sports affects people.
If you are interested in the Sport Psychology course for athletes and coaches, run through Victoria Universities’ Continuing Education programme, – please register your interest with me in the Contact tab. I’ll let you know when the next course is running.
If you want to organise sessions for your club , please also contact me to arrange.
What others have said:
May 2019 – Imogen Skelton, NZ Track and Field athlete, High Jump
28 August 2018 – Rebecca Brosnan NZ Underwater Hockey Women’s Coach
Everybody knows that the key to performing in sport at a high level takes mental strength and the ability to respond to the unexpected under pressure. For the New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Underwater Hockey teams the sports pysch training that Christoph undertook with the teams was a key part in them winning the 2018 World Championships. Learning how we deal with different situations and then being taught strategies to help cope under pressure was immensely valuable and evidence of Christoph’s training was heard during the competition as players ‘floated their leaves down the stream’. As the NZ Women’s coach I highly recommend investing in developing your players sports pysch strategies and Christoph has the knowledge and experience to do this.
17th of August 2017 – Marc Paulik, Head Coach/Director HVT Academy (Tennis NZ Performance Coach of the Year 2016)
Christoph Huelsmann’s Sport Psychology course added massive value to the Performance focussed tennis programme that I run for aspiring competitive players. I would thoroughly recommend working with Christoph to any sports organisation or individual looking for a competitive advantage through addressing the psychological side of sports performance. Any person involved with sport who fully engages with Christoph’s teaching, knowledge, and strategies will undoubtedly realise improvement and results, and be inspired as to what is possible. I personally found Christoph’s presentations and online posts and discussion fascinating, and believe that I have been able to improve my level of coaching as a direct result of working with Christoph. Having Christoph work with our group has made the coach/student dynamic much easier when it comes to addressing factors such as attitude, effort, self-talk, concentration etc. – those factors that are so critical to performing at ones best. I have noticed an improvement in the demeanour of a number of students during competition and at practise, and feel that the culture of our group (relationship between coach and players, and between the players) has really benefitted from working with Christoph. The concepts that the young tennis players were engaged I have observed has opened up a curiosity as to how the mind works, and the role the mind plays in their sport and their everyday life. The format that Christoph delivered his course through offered amazing value for money as the cost could be spread across our group (around 20 students). Christoph is a true professional, and expert in his field, whom I will definitely work with again in future. A few of my students are also working with Christoph on a 1:1 basis, which I also highly recommend!
Christoph Huelsmann has provide a sports psychology team session for the New Zealand Men's Floorball team in preparation for the World Floorball Championship Qualification in 2016. In this sessions, Christoph introduced the team to some of the basics of how the mind works and how the mindset of a player can affect the performance. He then showed how a player can take control of those processes to achieve a positive mind frame and increase performance. He supported that we some practical exercises. The session helped the team in their preparation and it was identified that preparing the mind is just as much part of preparation for a sports event as is a fitness programme or team trainings on the court. Christian Bertschinger
General Secretary of Floorball NZ
Central City Physiotherapy Clinic