logo en full

University

Everyone in Poland, and tennis fans everywhere, are excited about Iga Świątek’s victory in the French Open tournament in Paris, where in the finale Iga defeated Sofia Kenin from the United States. The success of a young tennis player in the Grand Slam tournament was a surprise not only for the sports community, but also for Iga herself, who was ranked 54 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), prior to the event.

After her big win on the courts of Roland Garros, Iga talked about the significance of her mental attitude and preparedness during the tournament. She emphasized the role of her sport psychologist Daria Abramowicz, who holds a degree in Clinical Psychology and completed post-graduate studies in Sport Psychology at SWPS University.

What does a sport psychologist do?

“Sport psychologists focus on the mental state of sportsmen and sportswomen. They work together with athletes to optimize and improve the skills that the athletes already have. Together they work on concentration, emotion regulation, strategies for coping with stress, internal dialogue and building self-confidence. These competencies, acquired with the help of a sport psychologists, undoubtedly helped Iga to win the Grand Slam,” says Aleksandra Pogorzelska, psychologist, Head of Programming for the Sport Psychology post-graduate program at SWPS University.

Athletes of all sports disciplines increasingly admit that mental couching constitutes 80-90 percent of their training. Mental toughness becomes the key element that may prove decisive in securing a win. Mental coaches are useful not only in sports. They also work in business and can help people to improve the quality of life and achieve work-life balance.

Athletes of all sports disciplines increasingly admit that mental couching constitutes 80-90 percent of their training. Mental toughness becomes the key element that may prove decisive in securing a win. Mental coaches are useful not only in sports. They also work in business and can help people to improve the quality of life and achieve work-life balance.

Aleksandra Pogorzelska, Head of Programming of the Sport Psychology program at SWPS University

 

How does the Sport Psychology program prepare students for working with professional athletes?

The Sport Psychology program at SWPS University is one-of-a-kind in Poland. Our student body comprises psychologists, coaches, sports activists, parents, directors of sports schools, and professional athletes. Our approach is very holistic and we encourage our students to learn more about developmental psychology, psychodietetics, physiology, and the theory of sport. Thanks to this methodology our students have an opportunity to look at sport and athletes from many different perspectives.

Our graduates work with athletes from various disciplines, who represent the country at the national level. During classes, the students share their experience and analyze actual case studies together. We look at each case from the perspective of a parent, coach, athlete, physiotherapist, and a dietician, and it turns out that this 360º analysis offers much more practical knowledge.

The holistic approach to a professional career in sports is crucial. For example, take a 7-year old, who begins her adventure with sport. We look at her whole career, from the first steps, through achieving a senior status, and winning the highest awards and top competitions in her discipline. To ensure that an athlete will be able to perform for many years, it is crucial to focus on the positive aspects, on the athlete’s needs. It is important to make a plan for building a balanced career, because it is not possible to stay motivated and engaged at the right level through hard physical training alone. Our program concentrates strongly on the positive aspects and on supporting athletes all the way along the very long path to the top.

Successful Graduates of Sport Psychology Program at SWPS University

Daria Abramowicz – clinical and sport psychologist, who over the years has been coaching many athletes, including Iga Świątek, the recent French Open Grand Slam winner.

Dariusz Jaworski – member of the Administration Board of the Polish Volleyball Federation He is a very enthusiastic sports activist, coach and avid promoter of volleyball and the idea of positive sport.

Bartek Ostasz and Damian Białek – established their own club, Ferajna, in Warsaw, where Close to 400 children play soccer. The added value of the club is that coaches work together with psychologists there, which is still a rarity, and our graduates have developed this model of working with children.

Tomasz Kura – owner of a sport psychology clinic in Warsaw, specializing in soccer and tennis, where he works with children, teenagers, parents and coaches.

Natalia Pawelska – a sport psychologist who currently works with the national team at the Polish Speed Skating Association

Aleksandra Zienowicz – as a sport psychologist she coaches individual gymnasts, martial art athletes, and sailors.

Ewa Serwotka –  a sport psychologist working for the Polish Tennis Association.

Joanna Madej – a sport psychologist who coaches Sebastian Kawa, a glider pilot, three-time World Champion in his discipline, currently number one in the world rankings of the FAI Gliding Commission.

Many of our graduates go on to successful careers at various Polish sports associations and work with athletes at the national level. Congratulations!

 

Study Psychology in English at SWPS Uniwersity

Psychology

Warsaw Level:Undergraduate

Read more

Applied Social Psychology

Warsaw Level:Graduate

Read more
 

Clinical Psychology

Warsaw Level:Graduate

Read more

Study Sport Psychology in Polish at SWPS University

Sport Psychology - Positive Sport Approach »

Sport Psychology - Children and Adolescents »

Related Information

Best Professional Start for Graduates of Our Psychology Programs »

Rankings & Recognition

Awards & Recognition 06-11-2020

Patent and Design Awards for Students of School of Form

Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad were searching for a university that would meet their design needs. They wanted well-equipped studios and workshops, and a place that would allow them to...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 12-10-2020

Celebrating Successes of Our Sport Psychology Graduates

Everyone in Poland, and tennis fans everywhere, are excited about Iga Świątek’s victory in the French Open tournament in Paris, where in the finale Iga defeated Sofia Kenin from the...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 22-09-2020

Wiesław Bartkowski’s Exhibition Accepted to Ars Electronica Festival

We are very excited to announce that the “Hello! I know you – I am you” exhibition, co-authored and curated by Wiesław Bartkowski from SWPS University’s School of Form, has...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 15-09-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski Appointed to Gross-Rosen Museum Council

We are proud to announce that one of our researchers, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, has been appointed to...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 10-08-2020

Best Professional Start for Graduates of Our Psychology Programs

According to a report, commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and published by the Polish Graduate Tracking System (ELA), graduates of the psychology programs offered by SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 25-06-2020

SWPS University Among Global Top Providers of Continuous Professional Development Programs

We are happy to announce that in the 2020 U-Multirank evaluation, SWPS University has been ranked among the Global Top 25 performers in the Income from Continuous Professional Development category...

Read more

Grants 03-06-2020

SWPS University Among Top Grant Recipients from NCN

We are very pleased that the latest report published by the National Science Centre (NCN) on grants awarded to research institutions in Poland, for the period 2011–2019, indicates that SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 28-05-2020

Mayor of Wrocław Thanks SWPS University for Engagement During Pandemic

The Mayor of Wrocław, Mr. Jacek Sutryk, sent an official letter to the Rector of SWPS University to express his gratitude for the initiatives undertaken by the University during the...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 20-05-2020

Our Law Students Gain Lex Silver Plus Certificates

The complicated legal system, frequent changes in legislation, and different interpretations of regulations require that lawyers demonstrated extensive knowledge, flexible thinking, and effective use of professional tools. Wolters Kluwer Polska...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-05-2020

SWPS University Gains Rights to Grant Doctoral Degrees in Political Science and Administration

SWPS University has been building its leading position among higher education institutions in Poland on two pillars: education and research. Recently, the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles has...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 17-04-2020

Beviado app awarded in “Focus” magazine competition

A mobile application, Beviado, developed by psychologists from SWPS University has been voted the best new invention in the Education category of the Soczewki 2019 science competition, organized by “Focus”...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 07-04-2020

Our lecturer among top 50 nominees for Global Teacher Prize

We are proud to announce that our lecturer, Przemysław Staroń, is among the top 50 nominees for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize, established by the Varkey Foundation in collaboration with...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-03-2020

Fulbright Commission Scholarship for Our Doctoral Student

We are thrilled to announce that our doctoral student, Karolina Dyduch-Hazar from the Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw, is among twenty recipients of the Fulbright Junior Research Awards for 2020-2021...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 02-03-2020

Prof. Adam Szpaderski appointed to Sybilla Competition jury

We are happy to announce that one of our lecturers, Associate Professor Adam Szpaderski, Head of the Center for Research on the Economics of Memorial Sites, has been appointed to...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-12-2019

2019 Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award for SWPS University

We are very happy to announce that for the second time in a row, SWPS University was recognized for its contribution to the visibility of Polish science around the world...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 14-11-2019

Stan Maes Early Career Award for Dr. Dominika Kwaśnicka

We are proud to announce that one of our researchers, Dr. Dominika Kwaśnicka, has been awarded a prestigious Stan Maes Early Career award granted by the European Health Psychology Society...

Read more

Grants 26-08-2019

Our doctoral students awarded grants from NCN

Several doctoral students from SWPS University have been awarded research grants by the National Science Centre. Thanks to the NCN’s ETIUDA funding scheme for doctoral candidates, they will research various...

Read more

Grants 23-08-2019

Dr. Konrad Bocian awarded grant from EASP

We are pleased to announce that one of our scientists, Dr. Konrad Bocian, from the Facutly of Psychology in Sopot, has been awarded a 'seedcorn' grant from the European Association...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 24-07-2019

SWPS University recognized for commitment to changemaking

SWPS University as the only higher education institution in Poland has been recognized for its commitment to spark and accelerate changemaking. The recognition comes from Ashoka U as part of...

Read more

Grants 17-07-2019

SWPS Researchers Receive Over 4M in Grants from NCN

Several psychologists, social scientists and culture experts from SWPS University have been awarded over PLN 4 million in research grants from the National Science Center (NCN). Professor Radosław Markowski, Associate...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 08-07-2019

Our Law Students in Finals of CDRC VIENNA Competition

Two teams of students from SWPS University’s School of Law qualified for the finals of the Mediation and Negotiation Competition, CDRC Vienna, an event devoted to the promotion of Consensual...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-04-2019

Our Management and Leadership Program Awarded Ashoka J2CC

Several months ago SWPS University has embarked on a journey, a Journey to Changemaker Certificate (J2CC) granted by Ashoka. Today, we have reached the first stage of this process and...

Read more

Grants 27-02-2019

NCN Grants Close to PLN 4.5M to Our Researchers

Why do people tend to reach for sugary or salty snacks when they feel stressed? Why do strongly motivated individuals give in to everyday temptations and abandon the pursuit of...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 21-01-2019

Faculties in Katowice and Poznań gain right to grant doctoral degrees

We are happy to announce that the past eight years of diligent work contributed by faculty members from SWPS University in Katowice and Poznań have been recognized by the Central...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-12-2018

Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award for SWPS University

We are very happy to announce that SWPS University was recognized for its contribution to the visibility of Polish science around the world with the Elsevier Research Impact Leaders Award...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 10-12-2018

SWPS University Awarded 2018 Silver Paper Clip for Educational Channel

Sharing knowledge and helping people is an inherent part of our strategy. Therefore, we are very happy to be recognized with a 2018 Silver Paper Clip Award for our work...

Read more

Grants 27-11-2018

SWPS University Researchers Receive PLN 6.5M in Research Grants

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 6.5M in research grants from the National Research Center and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. The awarded...

Read more

Grants 24-05-2018

SWPS University Receives PLN 4.3M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 4.3M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Grants 19-02-2018

SWPS University Receives PLN 4.5M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 4.5M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-02-2018

Aigerim Balkhashbayeva Wins Interstudent 2018 Award

Aigerim Balkhashbayeva from Kazakhstan, who studies Psychology in English at SWPS University, has won the INTERSTUDENT 2018 award, in the Undergraduate Studies category. The award recognizes international students, who build...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 04-12-2017

Golden Paper Clip Award for SWPS University’s YouTube Channel

Over 34,000 subscribers, close to 4 million views, hundreds of likes, positive comments, and shares of educational and scientific content provided by SWPS University - these numbers speak for themselves...

Read more

Grants 20-11-2017

SWPS University Receives PLN 1.3M in Research Grants from NCN

Researchers from SWPS University have been awarded a total of PLN 1.3M in grants from the National Science Centre (NCN) for research projects that will focus on topics such as...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 14-11-2017

Graduates of SOF Win Prestigious Prize in Dubai

MIKO+ jewelry, designed by Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska, graduates of School of Form in Poznań, has been awarded the Progress Prize at the Global Grad Show in Dubai. The...

Read more

Grants 31-10-2017

Professor Wojciszke Awarded Beethoven 2 Research Grant

Professor Bogdan Wojciszke, Deputy Dean for Research of the Sopot Faculty of Psychology has been awarded a research grant in the Beethoven 2 competition, which was organized by the National...

Read more

Grants 27-07-2017

Among Top Recipients of Grants from the National Science Centre

The National Science Centre (NCN) has published a report related to grants awarded to research institutions in Poland for the period 2011-2016. SWPS University ranked 5th among the top recipients...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 05-06-2017

Our Students Win 2nd Place in Enactus Competition

Two community projects, developed and implemented by students of SWPS University, have been awarded 2nd place in the national edition of the Enactus Competion 2017, organized by an international non-profit...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-06-2017

Prof. Wiesław Godzic on FIPRESCI Jury at Moscow Film Festival 2017

Professor Wiesław Godzic, media expert at SWPS University’s Institute of Cultural Studies, will join the Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, at the Moscow International Film Festival...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 27-02-2017

School of Form Awarded at 2017 London Fashion Week

The first ever fashion exhibit designed by students and graduates of the School of Form (SOF) for the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) at the 2017 London Fashion week has been recognized...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 07-11-2016

Polish Nobel Prize for Professor Bogdan Wojciszke

For the 25th time, the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) has granted the annual FNP Prizes, considered to be Poland’s most important scientific awards. This year’s winners include three leading...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-10-2016

Teofrast Superstar Award for Professor Andrzej Eliasz

Professor Andrzej Eliasz, the co-founder and first Rector of SWPS University, has received the Teofrast Superstar award, established by Charaktery, a Polish popular science magazine devoted to psychology. “Twenty years ago...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 30-09-2016

Piotr Voelkel - Visionary of Polish Business

Piotr Voelkel, the owner of Vox Capital Group, Founder of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, art connoisseur and promoter of Polish design has been awarded Wizjonerzy 2016 [Visionaries...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 27-06-2016

SWPS YOUTUBE LEARNING CHANNEL REACHES 1M VIEWS

SWPS University Channel on YouTube has become the most popular and the highest ranked university channel on the video sharing platform, in Poland. It is an indication that SWPS University...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 22-06-2016

Agnieszka Kruszewska joins editorial board of Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan

Agnieszka Kruszewska, Ph.D., an international relations expert, specializing in the issues of South-Asia, has joined the editorial board of the Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan. JOURNAL OF THE RESEARCH...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 13-06-2016

Chinese Book Center Opens at SWPS University

On June 14, 2016, the first in the world Chinese Book Center was opened at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. The ceremony coincided with the official...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 01-06-2016

HR Excellence in Research - Our Commitment to Researchers

As a research institution that meets the requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, developed by the European Commission, SWPS...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 16-04-2016

DOCTOR HONOROIS CAUSA FOR PROFESSOR JAN STRELAU

Professor Jan Strelau, the creator of the Regulative Theory of Temperament (RTT) and the leading psychologists in the area of Psychology of Individual Differences was awarded the title Doctor honoris...

Read more

Awards & Recognition 25-01-2016

SWPS University Academics Awarded Elsevier Certificates

Two SWPS University academics from Wrocław, Agata Gąsiorowska and Katarzyna Byrka, have been awarded Elsevier Reviewer Certificates. Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions for researchers in the field of...

Read more