Author Archives: Johanna Belz

“Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make a team” – the phenomenon of team cohesion in sports

What is this so-called team cohesion that everyone is talking about in the field of sport lately? As the above quote states, it is apparently not enough to be wearing the same t-shirts, to have the same team name and … Continue reading

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“Can I cope?” – Mental health in adolescent elite athletes

Sport is good for you. Not only for your physical condition, but also for your mental state. This is what we have been taught by our parents, physical education teachers, coaches and popular magazines. And it is indeed well documented … Continue reading

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Friends or foes? The coach-athlete relationship

Have you ever heard of Bob Bowman? Bowman is famous for having coached Michael Phelps since he was 11 years old. Under his coach, Phelps has won numerous titles and medals and became the most decorated Olympian swimmer of all … Continue reading

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“Ultimate embarrassment” – Coping with negative media coverage in professional sports

I want you to remember the 9th of July 2014, the morning after the FIFA World Cup semifinal in which the Brazilian team lost 1:7 to the German team. I do not only want to remind you of this day … Continue reading

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Winners or losers – body language (in soccer) tells it all

The FIFA World Cup is here! So we will watch hours and hours of soccer broadcasting and will listen to the commentators speaking about… well, often about the body language of the players. They comment on their posture (e.g. “they … Continue reading

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