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At our FEPSAC Congress, sport psychology and the field of sports psychology are in the spotlight!

Our program: Get energized for the newest applied and scientific insights in performance under pressure!

Our congress theme:

“Performance under Pressure in Sports
(Elite, Youth, School, E-Sports etc.), Military/Police, Performing Arts, Medicine and Business and Daily Life”

We will offer a program designed for both scientists and applied practitioners, aiming to reinforce the scientist-practitioner model.

Flyer FEPSAC Program 2024

Our main thematic streams:

Elite sports- Health sports – Youth and School sports - E-Sports – Military – Police – Performing Arts – Medicine – Business – Daily Life

We will feature over 100 workshops, oral sessions and symposia, delivering continuing education on the latest techniques and practices in sports, military, police, performing arts, medicine and business settings. At our congress we connect the most influential people from these areas.

Our keynote speakers during the week

Meet our keynote and invited speakers

Daniel Gould, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports Michigan State University

“Coaching Today’s Athlete: Meeting Them Where They Are and Taking Them Where They Need to Go.”

Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology of Physical Activity & Health Danish Centre for Motivation and Behaviour Science University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

“Why is it so difficult when you have to, and so easy when you want to? The role of motivational factors for physical activity promotion”

Stiliani “Ani” Chroni, Ph.D.

Professor, Sport Psychology & Sport Coaching Chair, Sport and Social Sciences Research Group Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Our Duty to Safeguard Sport:
From Ignorance and Silence to Knowledge and Practice

Duarte Araújo, Ph.D.

Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Expertise in Sport of the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

The ecological dynamics of cognizant bodies in expert sport performance

Mia Stellberg

“Sport psychology in Esports”

Esports psychologist and Member of the International Olympic Committee's Esports Commission

Kristoffer Henriksen

Professor, Head of Research Unit, University of Southern Denmark Sport Psychologist, Team Denmark

“Performance excellence under pressure: Reflections of a scientist practitioner”

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We are expecting over 1.000 participants from over 50 countries worldwide:

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, España, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

We will provide a range of categories and opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge. For our applied working participants, we will have every day different applied workshops in cooperation with different European sport organizations and organizations from settings in esports, military, police, medicine and arts. Below you will find a selection of our applied workshops in sport and performance psychology during the congress week. We will have also applied workshops in in health, youth and school sports and on topics like mental health, sportneuropsychology, sportpsychiatry, sportpsychotherapy, coaching parents, sports injury etc.

Our Congress Themes:

Best practice, Built environment, Business, Clinical sport psychology, clinical issues in sport and physical activity, Coaching, Cognition, Consulting/Counselling, Crisis, Cultural sport psychology, Daily life, Decision making and judgement, Developmental/lifespan perspectives, Elderly, Elite sports and expertise, Emotion, E-Sports, Ethics in applied settings, Ethics in research (open science), Exercise and COVID-19 Pandemics, Exercise psychology, Group dynamics and team sports, Health, Human factors, Leadership, Mental skills training, Research methods (incl. qualitative & quantitative), Moral action Motivation, Motor control and learning (incl. ecological and dynamic approaches), Motor development, Neuroscience, Non-traditional applications, Pedagogical psychology, Perception & attention, Performance enhancement (e.g. doping, neuro-enhancement etc.), Personality, Physical literacy, Professional development and mentoring, Psychophysiology, Psychodynamic, systemic and hypnotherapeutic issues, Organizational development and quality management, Military, police and tactical populations, Music, Dance and Performing Arts, Self, Sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual abuse, Social and cultural diversity (e.g. migration, ethnicity), Social cognition, Social psychology, Sports injury, prevention and rehabilitation, Sports neuropsychology, Sports psychology and world events (e.g. Zika, COVID-19), Sports psychiatry and sports psychotherapy, Surgery, Talent identification/development, Transitions in and out of sport/dual career, Well-being and quality of life, Youth

Our presentation types – exemplary selections (…full program will be uploaded soon):

- Oral presentations (…over 150 oral presentations)

  • •  Moritz Anderten, 4 Years Ahead: E-Sportpsychological Coaching in the esports player foundation
  • •  Sophie Barre, Study of the coach-athlete relationship in the context of olympic wrestling competition
  • •  Bettina Callary, The development of an evidence-based intervention to enhance the psychology of coaching adult athletes
  • •  Gantima Demirsöz, Bouldering and Climbing as a Treatment for Depression
  • •  Lea-Cathrin Dohme, “I’m not sacrificing my life for other people’s tennis”
  • •  Safter Elmas, Everyone perpetrator, everyone victim, everyone bystander: Hazing, masculinities and liminality in homosocial team sports
  • •  Marta Ferreira, Delivering Project SCORE in Portugal: Coaches’ and Athletes’ Perspectives
  • •  Recep, Görgülü, The effects of heart rate variability biofeedback intervention on ironic performance error under pressure
  • •  Meggy Hayotte, Resilience profiles of elite athletes and their associations with health-related behaviors, well-being, and performance: a latent profile analysis
  • •  Melinda Herfet, Active Mind - Active Life?
  • •  Geir Jordet, Body language in English Premier League and Women’s Super League football players
  • •  Sofie Kent, Implementing a pressure training program to improve decision-making and execution of skill among premier league academy soccer players
  • •  Babett Lobinger, HerForm: A co-productive approach to meeting career development needs of female high-level athletes
  • •  Thomas Minkler, A Systematic Review of the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement Program
  • •  Lewis Murapa, Psychological characteristics and skills needed to progress through youth academy football
  • •  André Nilsen, A case study of perceived change in coaching behaviour after participating in the “Growth Talent Mindsets for Sports Coaches’ Intervention”
  • •  Daniel Ogden, Professionalisation and Mental Health in Women’s Sport: Insights from UK Women’s Cricket
  • •  Sasima Pakulanon, Effects of Motor Imagery Training on Mobility, Cognitive Function, Stress, and Depression in the Elderly: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  • •  Joan Pons, The role of social support in adolescent athletes’ mental health: A longitudinal approach
  • •  Constantin Rausch. Exploring the Roles of a Football Coach in Times of Performance Crisis
  • •  Catherine Sabiston, Youth Engagement Framework for Sport
  • •  Hila Sharon-David, Assessing Decision Quality under Time Pressure: An Advanced Approach in Naturalistic Experiments
  • •  Lena Sloot, “I'm quite brutal sometimes, I think, but they like that honesty”: Team-sport coaches’ and players’ experiences of their shared interactions
  • •  Cherokee Washington, Black Canadian University Football Players’ Perspectives on the Coach-Athlete Relationship
  • •  Yanping Wang, Feasibility and Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training in Older Adults with Mild to Moderate Depressive Symptoms: A Pilot Study
  • •  Alissa Wieczorek,Effects of a mobile VR-based mindfulness breathing meditation with integrated biofeedback on health outcomes: a replication study
  • •  Mark Wilson, Attentional Control Theory: Sport. From theory to application
  • •  Zöe Wimshurst, Psychophysiological Interventions in Biathlon

- Over 400 Poster presentations (research and applied)

- Over 60 Symposiums

  • • Harvey Anderson, Courage in Sport
  • • Rachel Arnold, Helping police personnel better cope with work-related stress and perform under pressure: Novel methods, technologies, and interventions
  • • Charlotte Behlau, Unlocking Team Dynamics: Integrating Theory and Empirical Findings
  • • Marte Bentzen, Sustainably in the Profession of High-Performance Coaches – Utopia or within reach?
  • • Ian Boardley, Evaluating Policy and Informing Practice Relevant to Anti-Doping Education
  • • Ruth Boat, Prior Self-Control Exertion and Repeated Sprint Performance
  • • Réka Zsanett Bondár, Bio- and Neurofeedback in Action: Bridging the Mind-Body Gap in Sports and Beyond
  • • Sebastian Brueckner, Coaches as Leaders: International Perspectives on the „How?", "What?", and "Why?“ Across Diverse Contexts
  • • Andrew Cooke, Psychophysiological Studies of Performance under Pressure
  • • Stewart Cotterill, Performance Psychology in the Military: reflections on, and lessons learnt working with military populations
  • • Martin Eubank, Sources of Influence in Sport and Exercise Psychologists’ Professional Development
  • • Valeria Eckardt, Parenting an elite sport athlete: The interconnectedness of experiences throughout career stages
  • • Katrien Fransen, Identity Dynamics in Sport: Navigating Social Identities and Identity Leadership Across Cultures and Ages
  • • Ottilie Frenkel, The Potential of Virtual and Mixed Reality for Research and Application in Sport Psychology, Police, and other First Responder Settings
  • • Jannis Friedrich, Sport Psychology in the Real World – Appreciating the Complex
  • • Vicky Gottwald, An external focus enhances performance: is it as black and white as we think?
  • • Denise Hill, The Psychology of Golf Performance under Pressure: Theory to Practice
  • • Vana Hutter Performing under pressure; Firearms use and firearms training in police
  • • Anastasiya Khomutova, Sport, exercise and performance psychology: old challenges and new opportunities for the professional field
  • • Lukas Linnér, Performing under new pressure: Post-PhD experiences of young career scholars
  • • Todd Loughead, Beyond the whistle: Using coaches and athlete leaders to provide collaborative leadership to their teams
  • • Hatem Ben Mahfoudh, Do Soccer Experts Benefit from Virtual Reality for Tactical Memorization?
  • • Paul Mansell, From A to B to C – stress and performing under pressure
  • • Psychophysiology, Arash Mirifar, Oscillatory Brain Activity and Heart Rate Variability: Biomarkers of Peak Performance
  • • Anthony Papathomas, Qualitative Insights into Mental Illness in Sport
  • • Alexandra Pizzera, Sports officiating symposium: Mental health, decision making, and social factors
  • • Jeannine Ohlert Safeguarding II: Approaches to enhancing athlete safety
  • • Peter Rehder, Personal traumatic input management: Coping strategies of surgeons dealing with results of extreme violence
  • • Víctor J. Rubio, Health and safeguarding in youth sport: implications for sport psychology
  • • Laurie Schwab, Beyond the Game: Unraveling Interpersonal Violence in Sports
  • • Roland Seiler, Mutual Influences and Co-operation in Sport Psychology - A Historical Perspective
  • • Bernd Strauss, The Psychology of Crises in Sport: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • • Gershon Tenenbaum, Single and Team Cognitive Processes and Performance Under Environmental Constrains
  • • Martin Turner, Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) for performance under pressure
  • • Vanessa Wergin, Stress, Emotions, and emotion regulation implications for performance and wellbeing

- Over 50 Workshops (research and applied)

  • • Judith P. Andersen: Accelerated learning strategies for optimizing performance under pressure: An evidence-based applied workshop on police training
  • • Lobna Cherifh, Becoming Antifragile by Creating S.P.A.C.E
  • • Liliana Fontes, Promoting stress adapation: The Pro*Stress intervention program
  • • Hanspeter Gubelmann, Empowering parents in elite sport settings – an integrative approach
  • • Chris Harwood, Applying the 5Cs Framework in Youth Sport: Strategies and Tools for Enhancing Your Practice
  • • Geir Jordet, Visual scanning in football: From research to application
  • • Berit Kauffeldt, Workshop: Mindfulness for Volleyball teams - how to thrive in important moments
  • • Andrea Keplinger, “Critical life event - sports injury”- How sportspsychologists can influence, rehabilitation and recovery programs of athletes in high elite sports
  • • York-Peter Klöppel, Preparing elite athletes for high pressure situations
  • • Daniel Memmert, New Trends in VR research and future developments
  • • Niels Nygaard Rossing, Doing narrative sport psychology in an elite youth football academy
  • • Wanda Schapendonk, A Holistic Approach to Career Transitions for Elite Athletes
  • • Helena Schmitz Empowering Sport Psychologists in Addressing Interpersonal Violence
  • • Dolores González Fernández, Working Memory and Sport: a systematic review
  • • Geir Jordet, Rediscovering behaviour in sport psychology
  • • Sylvain Laborde, Heart rate variability in sport and exercise psychology
  • • Whitney Moore, Unlocking Subgroup Secrets with LPA: A Hands-On Workshop on Mixture Model Analysis with Exercise Psychology data
  • • Xavier Sanchez, Understanding the game of publishing in peer-reviewed journals: Strategies and writing skills

- Gimme 5 presentations

  • • Patricia Frytz, Does basic psychological needs satisfaction during the day enhance athletes’ sleep quality and reduce their sleep deficit?
  • • Sasha Gollish, Practical Mental Performance Tools for Entry to Development Level Athletes
  • • Rebecca Kirkham, Emotion regulation and coping in active military personnel: a systematic review.
  • • Ilse Peringa, Advancing Athlete Assessment: How to Improve Scouts’ Judgments of Performance?
  • • Patrick O'Mara, Development and Field Test of a Survey to Measure Self-Presentation Concerns in Sport
  • • Daniel Rähse, How to facilitate and enhance thriving in high-performance athletes
  • • Clare Stevinson, Calling it out: sources of pressure, perceived stress and emotional intelligence among international tennis umpires
  • • Chi-Lun Tsai, The Relationship between Pride with Teammate Prosocial Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, and Sports Friendship among Adolescent Athletes

- Network meetings

We will have several network-events with different organizations and institutions during the week so that our participants will be able to connect with leaders from these institutions. For instance FEPSAC, ENYSSP, EFPA, national organizations in sportpsychology, sport psychiatry, sportneuropsychology, independent athlete associations, selected european sport associations in Olympic sports and professional sports, cooperating companies in esports, arts, medicine military and police settings. For instance:

  • • Chris Harwood, The Development and Goals of the Specialist Certificate in Sport Psychology (EFPA)
  • • Christoph, Herr, Sports psychology in the german soccer system
  • • Vana Hutter Open network meeting: Law Enforcement And Performing under Pressure (LEAPP)
  • • Sylvie Parent, Towards sustainable research and knowledge mobilization initiatives in safe sport research
  • • Fabrizio Sors, European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP): 20 years and counting

- Podium discussions

  • • Stiliani "Ani" Chroni Diverse Roles and Tasks, Rules and Dilemmas, Successes and Failures: Sport Psychology Consultancy and Interpersonal Violence in Sport
  • • John Heil Sport Psychology Applied to Tactical Training and Use of Force in Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs)
  • • Theodore Kroeten, Easy does it-- the simple path to expertise
  • • Markus Raab, Fepsac Editor-in-Chief podium „Ask the Editor“
  • • Tatiana V. Ryba, Invited ISSP panel: Cultural Praxis of sport psychology

- Special Session Roundtables

  • • Katie Castle, Psychological Risk Factors of Early Talent Identification Programming for Athletes in Mid-Childhood
  • • Lauren McHenry, On the Same Team: A Roundtable Discussion to Enhance Global Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations
  • • Alessandro Quartiroli, Sport and Performance Psychology Practitioners’ Self-Care: From Science to Practice
  • • Cameron Norsworthy, The Latest Science and Practice of Flow
  • • Natalia Stambulova, Working with Sport Clients in Transitions: A Multicultural Scientist-Practitioner Perspective across Nine Countries
  • • Svenja Wolf Better Together?! On the Value, Challenges, and Best Practices of Research-Practice Integration

Ema Geron Award, BÖP-Award, Science and Applied Slam on Tuesday 15th July 05.30 pm – 09.00 pm

Our VIP-Event on Wednesday, 16th July:

On Wednesday we will have for our special guests (former presidents, keynote-speakers, network partners and congress partners) a VIP-event in Innsbruck downtown. We hope that we can provide our special guests a real highlight of this week with a phenomenal music, excellent drinks and hopefully with the sun set behind the glorious mountain topics.

Conference official FEPSAC 2024 App – will be unlocked 01.07.2024
FEPSAC 2024 smartphone app provides you with the most comfortable tool for planning your participation in the 17th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Browse the complete programme directly from your phone or tablet and create your very own agenda on the fly. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.
To download the mobile app, please visit following link (…will be unlocked 01.07.2024)

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