Psychological work within a handball team

In professional sports just one thing counts really, which is performance. For this reason, the development of performance is constantly needed, which can be realized if we harmonize physical, psychic and social attitudes. Several factors must cling together for a sportsman to gain success. The aim of this paper is to present the function, structure, dynamics and goals of a men handball team, and to demonstrate a three-month-long therapy and its results. Methods: The object of the therapy was to clear up the situation, handling and solution of problems and achievement of ambitions. The therapy was divided into 3 parts: before playoff (team work, fill in some tests, personal therapy, feedback of results), during playoff (team work, personal therapy) and at the end of the season. The team filled in the following tests: self-made sociometrics questionnaire, then selfmade questionnaire about roles, tasks and responsibility in the team and relationship with the coach and finally the Pierre-test. Results: The work was successful because the team has been building, developing self-awareness and better understanding of each other. Our belief strengthened that each team would need psychological preparation for sport because in professional sport building up the personality of psychic functions, properties is very important, and the regulation of these factors. On the basis of the self-assessment test results we were able to show for the team the importance of faith, the attitude to a match, since if only two aspects, motivation and selfconfidence are highlighted, even then the difference is very marked. We also drew attention to the fact that after winning or losing the game we can quantify what happens to their self-esteem, confidence and other psychological factors, depending on whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with their performance. Discussion: The players recognized the professionalism and competence of the coaches, problems inherent in human relations have also improved. The team understood that it is very important to focus on the desired task. Great progress was that the new leader nominated by the players was helped by us to adapt to the new role. According to the measurement of Pierre-test we developed the team’s medium-low attention with Autogenic Training. In carrying out the exercises, due to the number of errors committed, and social situations occupied in the team, individual therapies have led to progress.
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Subjects: handball sport psychology coaching coach training competition
Notations: sport games social sciences
Published in: 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Bruges, 4. -7. July 2012
Editors: R. Meeusen, J. Duchateau, B. Roelands, M. Klass, B. De Geus, S. Baudry, E. Tsolakidis
Published: Brügge Vrije Universiteit Brussel 2012
Pages: 191
Document types: congress proceedings
Language: English
Level: advanced