Crisis intervention is focused on a certain problem in a mental domain where athletes or coaches feel insecure or are unable to cope. Typically, collaboration with a psychologist consists of 6 meets. They are arranged in a psychological office, during training sessions, preparation for competitions and/ or tournaments. The aim of crisis intervention is to solve critical problems inhibiting better performance. For younger athletes (up to 15) a parental presence is usually helpful.

Typical problem areas of crisis intervention are the following:

concentration problems

e. g. fluctuation, dropouts, inattentiveness, lower attention capacity, etc.

extreme or uncontrollable emotions

e. g. extremely aggressive behaviour, anxiety, body tension and crampy movement, worsened feeling for sporting equipment (like a ball, racket), etc.

psycho-somatic symptoms and disorders

e. g. eating disorders, bad sleeping patterns, long lasting fatigue (burn-out), doping, etc.

communication and relation problems

e. g. conflicts between athlete and coach, inappropriate communication, ineffective coaching during a game, excessive parental pressure, etc.

decreased motivation

e. g. decreased training motivation, how to gain motivation after an injury, goal re-evaluation, etc.

lack of self-confidence

e. g. negative self-esteem, low self-confidence after sequence of failures, etc.

Extreme and uncontrollable emotions bring concentration problems and deteriorate performance.

Inappropriate communication in a match can destroy team-spirit and overall performance.