The two-day National workshop on Sports Psychology concluded at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE), Kariyavattom, on Tuesday with a call for more intra-disciplinary exchanges between coaches and sports scientists in the proper bringing up of an athlete.

The need to provide an athlete with mental skills so as to train and compete in a focused manner and thereby derive the desired results out of the round-the-year strenuous physical training also found echoed in the deliberations at the workshop, which was spearheaded by Antony Michael Morris of the Victoria University (Australia), Dr. Avinash Sidhu and Dr. Jayashree Acharya (LNIPE, Gwalior).

Delivering the valedictory address, Dr. J. Prabash, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University, said that excellence in sports should be approached in a holistic manner with due importance given to coaching and sports sciences.

In his presidential address, Dr. Amit Mallick, Director (Sports and Youth Affairs) stressed the need of sports scientists, including sport psychologists, working together with specialist trainers right from the grassroots level rather than at the elite level alone so as to gain optimum results.

The LNCPE principal, Dr. G. Kishore, Arjuna award winner, Rachana Govil, the Joint Registrar, Kerala University, P. Raghavan, Additional Director (Sports and Youth Affairs), S. Najimuddin, Dr. K.V.K. Reddy, Dr. Shailaja Mohan and SAI Deputy Directorr, G. Issac were among others who spoke.

The workshop was attended by over 90 delegates from across the country besides prominent coaches and internationals, K.M. Beenamol, S. Omanakumari and Joseph G. Abraham. — Special Correspondent

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