7. – 8. 12. 2018 Congress Centre IKEM

9th year of international conference

hosted by Association of Sport Psychologists Czech Republic, Center of sport medicine, Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine


Date: 7. – 8. 12. 2018

Location: Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM),
Vídeňská 1958/9, 140 21 Praha 4, object A (building of acute reception), 5th floor, Congress center

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9. year of an international conference labeled as Psychology of Sport in Practice alias Working with team organised by Association of Sport Psychologists Czech Republic, this time in collaboration with Center of sport medicine and Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Current gathering is focusing purely on a role of a sport psychologist within a sport team. An audience will have an opportunity to experience lectures from significant Czech and foreign sport psychologists revolving around:

- Building good team relationships, prevention of negative factors (e.g.bullying)
- Effective communication within the team
- Setting team rules and norms
- Clarification and acceptance of roles within the team
- Inclusion of foreign athletes within the team
- Difference between club and elite (national) level, male and female athletes
- Building cohesion and collective-efficacy within the team
- Captivity and leadership problematics.

The conference will include series of lectures with applied practical approaches and techniques. A first day of the conference will be held in English language (simultaneous translation will be provided), a second day will be organised in Czech and Slovak language.Furthermore, the audience will have an opportunity to debate with a famous athlete(s) from an elite background.


Mgr. Michal Šafář, Ph.D., president of Association of Sport Psychologists
Mgr. Veronika Baláková, Ph.D., vicepresident of Association of Sport Psychologists


Mgr. Veronika Baláková, Ph.D.,, +420 605 868 801

Invited Guest Speakers


Oliver Stoll

He works as a professor of psychology and sports pedagogy at the University of Halle. He is a member of the German Association of Sports Psychologists. He is the main sports psychologist of the German Swimming Association and was President of the German Floorball Federation. He was the head of the German national team at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. His research examines for example the phenomenon of flow. He also evaluates interventions in the field of sports psychology and examines the role of neuro-cognitive aspects in endurance athletes. He works for example with HC Leipzig (women's handball 1st league).


Vincent Rödel

Vincent works a sport psychology consultant and mental coach at a sports elite school and olmypic centre in Cottbus/ Germany. He works with individual athletes, teams, referees, coaches and officials - he also works with committees of associations and clubs.
He has worked with athletes in BMX and Cycling who went to the Olympics in Rio and works with a part of the Paralympic national team based in Cottbus.
He works with the Football Club Energie Cottbus - with the youth teams and the professional team - by using a systemical and experiential centered approach to support the team(s) releasing the indiviual and the collective team members potential.


Jiří Welsch

A professional basketball player. Historically the most successful Czech player in the NBA. During his career he also worked in the Spanish and Belgian League, he was the main support of ČEZ Basketball Nymburk and the National team of Czech Republic. He started and finished his professional basketball career in BK JIP Pardubice. He is currently completing the FIBA educational program.


Karina Andersen Aas

Karina has extensive experience from development of leaders, teams and organizations both in business and in sport. Her expertise is in working with teams, make them take out their potential, communicate effectively, exploit each other's strengths, interact well and influence each other in a way that they perform at their best. She is a lecturer at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, is a coach for the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Commitee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) and she is now responsible for a new leadership development program for the NIF. Karina is currently working with Norway's best men’s handball team and Champions League Club Elverum Handball.


David Čáp

A psychologist and psychotherapist at the Department of Psychology at the Charles University in Prague. He studied special pedagogy at the pedagogical faculty of Charles University. He is involved in pedagogical psychology and conducts seminars about bullying and problematic and aggressive behavior of children and adolescents. He also provides psychotherapy and counseling at the Alivia Center and runs anger management courses for men, who behave violently against their closest ones.


Jörg Wetzel

A founder and owner of Sports Psychology Wetzel GmbH Company and an author of the book called Gold - mentalstarkzurBestleistung. He has been working as a sports psychologist for over 20 years, leading various top athletes and sports teams and also conducting seminars and workshops. In addition to activities in applied sports psychology, he is involved in work at the Federal Office for Sports in Magglingen and the Swiss Olympic Association. He teaches at various universities and participates in training of Swiss trainers (coaches). He was also in Pyeongchang, and for the seventh consecutive time he was present as an Olympic psychologist for the Swiss delegation team.


Mario Antonelli

Mario brings over 30 years of experience as a coach in different team sports. He has a Masters Degree in Social Pedagogy and has been working as a professional mental coach with individual athletes and teams for many years, most in ice hockey, but also other team sports.

He developed a model to bring together mental strength and personality development for team athletes and focusses on team development, roles, culture and identity but also what individuals can contribute to the team. He teaches at various coaching development programs and academies.Mario currently works for the U15-U18 ice hockey national teams in Switzerland and also for a professional hockey club in the swiss top pro league.


Peter Dolobáč

Graduated from the Department of Psychology at UPJS in Kosice. His work focuses on psychology of work and sports psychology. He specializes in working with sport teams. He has worked with the Central League Committee (controlling organ of Fortunaliga) on a nation wide slovak survey of psychological aspects of football performance. He cooperated with the first-league teams, e.g.: Eperia Presov (volleyball), FaBK ATU Kosice (floorball), MFK Zemplin Michalovce (football).


Jan Štochl

Jan Stochl, a professional handball goalkeeper until June 2018, a former representative of the Czech Republic with eighty matches for the national team. He has been in the highest handball competitions in Germany for eleven years, including the last three years in the Bundesliga HC Erlangen, where he worked also as a youth coach. For the last two years he has worked as a playing assistant of the head coach and a goalkeeper coach in the most successful Czech handball club for the last years named Talent Plzen. Here he currently works as a sports manager.


Petr Štochl

Petr Stochl, a professional handball goalkeeper until July 2018. He studied physical education and sport atthe University of West Bohemia (ZCU) in Pilsen. In Pilsen he also started his sports career, then worked in Dukla and Allrisk Prague. After that he played the French highest competition for 2 years and spent 12 years in Bundesliga, the FüchseBerlin team, the current EHF Cup winner. He has played more than 200 games for the team, he has become a Handball-man of the year 2016. Currently he works as a goalkeeper coach in FüchseBerlin, in Pilsen he is also in charge of a youth team and is an assistant coach of the first team Talent Plzen.


Jiří Dostál

Jiri Dostal, a sports physician at the Sports Medicine Center and IKEM. He specializes in working with top and performance athletes in the field of physiological training and functional examinations limiting performance. He cooperates with many sport stars (representatives), Czech Olympic Comitteeand some sports associations. He is an author and co-author of several publications and lectures especially abroad. Together with colleagues he developed the Functional Respiratory Training methodology as a tool for diagnosing and addressing lung performance limitations. In the past year, he has prepared a program for hypoxic and alpine preparation for the Top Team of the Czech Olympic Comittee.


Eva Höschlová

Eva Höschlová is interested in psychodiagnostics, test development, team diagnostics and economic psychology at the Department of Psychology at Charles University, Prague. She is also involved in the QED GROUP company where she does applied psychology in economics and business. Since 2006 she is part of the project of developing a Sociomapping methodology and its usage in team development. She uses it with both Czech clients and foreign partners.


Veronika Baláková

She works as a sports psychologist in his own practice in Pilsen and Prague. In her work she uses psychological skills training (PST), motivational interventions, coaching elements, and last but not least, the videocoaching of interaction method. She meets clients not only in personal consultations but also participates in training or competitions. She is a member and representative of the Czech Republic for ENYSSP (European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology). For several years she has been working with the Institute of Sports Medicine (currently the Center for Sports Medicine) and is the vice-president of the Association of Sports Psychologists and the founder of the conference Psychology of Sport in Practice. She has taught sports psychology at FTVS UK and FF UK in Prague. Among its clients are not only top athletes whose preparation is directed to ME, MS or OH, but also sports teams such as basketball, volleyball, handball, curling.


Rudolf Kubík

Experience from managing positions together with own understanding from team leadership in real life now helps him at his work with the QED GROUP company. There, along to his lecturing practice, he has been in charge of developing a partner network for the Sociomapping methodology, certification of internal facilitators and foreign partners. In addition, he coaches and develops teams and organizations with a wide range of interests, including sports environment.


Michala Bednáriková

She graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in Bratislava with the diploma thesis "The Border Situations in Sport". Every year she participates in foreign sport-psychology conferences and workshops. She works mostly with athletes from individual sports, but also with their parents and coaches. She brings workshops and lectures for sports organizations in Slovakia and abroad. Since 2011 she is a member of the ENYSSP Executive Committee (European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology) and since 2017 is the President of the SAPS. In 2018 she received a certificate Specialist in Applied Sports Psychology from the European Federation of Sports Psychology (FEPSAC).


Tomáš Gurský

Sports psychologist with more than 30 years of experience. He studied Psychology at the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava. He is the founder of the Society of Sports Psychology in Slovakia and a member of the FAST International Forum of Applied Sport Psychology in Top-Sport. He is the author of a sports psychology textbook for coaches. He teaches sports psychology, mental training and mental coaching within the university and postgraduate studies, organizes seminars for referees and parents of sports children. In his private psychological practice, top-level athletes include both individual and collective sports. At the club and representation levels he worked with basketball, freesbe, football, handball, hockey and volleyball players.


Conference language: Czech, Slovak, English (Simultaneous translation via headphones)

7. 12. 2018 13:00 – 18:00
8. 12. 2018 10:00 – 18:00

Further information will be announced here and on our Facebook website.

7. 12. 2018

Welcome 13:00 – 13:20
Introductory word and welcome conference participants.
Mario Antonelli 13:20 – 14:00 That’s us! How teams can help develop athletes
A good and healthy team environment is crucial to the learning climate and the development of an athlete. We can help our teams by creating and living a positive culture within teams. Mario Antonelli presents practical ideas and examples from his experience of working with teams in different sports for over 30 years as a coach and a mental coach. He will discuss implementing rules for a safe environment where athletes can flourish and grow. Mario will also talk about team identity and player identification. He presents how he helps players to understand different roles and to learn how to be a good teammate.
Oliver Stoll 14:00 – 14:40 Collective goal setting in sports teams – theory and application
The enhancement of team-cohesion is one of the most important tasks before the new season begins. Cohesion comprises both task cohesion and social cohesion: Task Cohesion: refers to the degree to which members of a group work together to achieve common goals, for example, to win a specific game. Social Cohesion: reflects the degree to which members of a team like each other and interact accordingly. It is well known that primarily task-cohesion correlates with performance in teams. Therefore we developed a method, to optimize cohesiveness in teams, using a collective goal setting tool, which mainly is based on a role-play, engaged and supervised by the sport psychologist. This tool will be demonstrated at the conference, using an ice-hockey and a handball example.
Coffeebreak 14:40 – 15:10
Jörg Wetzel 15:10 – 15:50 Building cohesion and collective-efficacy within the team.
The applied work and interventions within different teams in different sports: How to prepare years before big events like World Championships and Olympic Games? From single sports like shooting, to small team sports like curling, to the big team sports like soccer or ice hockey: Who is the team? Which work in which group in and around the team is effective? Examples regarding successful team-building factors, such as: The vision of the team, the acceptance of roles within the team, effective communication, going out of the comfort zone, using images and metaphors, sharing/discussing conflicts and building leadership.
Vincent Rödel 15:50 – 16:30 Shaping an own culture and developing an own mission
One goal of creating "new" settings for communication and learning is to bring the team members out of their comfort zones - it is in invitation of an experiment to start their own new experience. The athletes get the chance to show their potential, learn to give and receive feedbacks in different ways and to shape there own culture. Some methods will be presented from the football club Energie Cottbus rising from the 4th division into the 3rd Bundesliga last year.
Coffeebreak 16:30 – 17:00
Karina Andersen Aas 17:00 – 17:40 A strength-based approach to building high performing teams
Strengths are often seen as natural capacities within individuals that, when played to, allow the athlete to achieve optimal functioning and performance. A team where the members perceive each other complementary skills as a gain and where they make use of each other strengths will have a competitive advantage. Strengths identification, use, and development are therefore an important tool in team development and to achieve sporting excellence. In this session, the participants will get insight about methods to spot strengths in athletes and knowledge about how the individual’s strengths impact behavior, preferences and communication. Further the participants will get methods on how to optimize the team’s strengths to achieve common goals. This strength-based approach provides athletes and coaches with an understanding on why and how to cooperate more effectively in a sport team.
End 17:40 - 18:00
Final word to the first day of the conference.

8. 12. 2018

Jiří Welsch, Jan a Petr Štochlovi 10:00 – 11:00 Use of sport psychology in a professional team
Coffeebreak 11:00 – 11:30
Veronika Baláková, Tomáš Gurský 11:30 – 12:10 (Non)existence of long-term work with a team in the Czech Republic and Slovakia?
Lunch 12:10 –13:30
Jiří Dostál 13:30 – 14:10 Curse of the average
Peter Dolobáč 14:10 – 14:50 Leadership on Slovak
Coffeebreak 14:50 – 15:20
David Čáp 15:20 – 16:00 Team spirit and bullying - is it all together?
Eva Höschlová, Rudolf Kubík 16:00 – 16:40 Development of cooperation (not only) of sports teams using the Sociomapping method
Ending of the conference 16:40 - 17:00


Location: Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM),
Vídeňská 1958/9, 140 21 Praha 4, object A (building of acute reception), 5th floor

Conference Fee

Basic Conference Fee (valid for CZ only) 1700,-
Advanced Conference Fee for a Full-Time Students* (valid for CZ only) 1200,-
Advanced Conference Fee for Members of APS 1200,-
International Audience** 74€

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