World Golf and LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam as been selected as AASP’s 2017 Performance Excellence Award winner, which recognizes individuals who embody exemplary psychological principles associated with performance excellence as demonstrated through consistent achievement, merit or leadership over the course of their career.
Annika Sorenstam is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best of all-time. During her 15 year, Hall-of-Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA and 10 Major Championships. Annika holds a record number of Rolex Player of the Year awards (eight) and Vare Trophies for the lowest scoring average in a season (six). As the only female to break 60 in an official event, she has been nicknamed “Ms. 59.” Perhaps most notably, Annika received worldwide media attention when she became the first woman to play in a PGA TOUR event since 1945, joining the men at the 2003 Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.
Previous award recipients include NFL Hall of Fame kicker Morten Anderson, Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer and WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes and endurance athlete Diana Nyad.
Sorenstam will be honored on Friday, October 20 at AASP’s 32th Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. She will share insights about her professional career and how she and other players utilized sport psychology on tour. Sorenstam will discuss how the “mental game” is approached differently by today’s players and her approaches to mental conditioning and peak performance at both her Florida academy and as captain of the European Team at the 2017 Solheim Cup.Link to this news item
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AASP has partnered with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) to provide their members, who are former professional basketball players in the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters, access to sport psychology consultants that can help them transition to life after basketball.
“AASP offers a host of tools and training techniques that are essential for our members to make a successful transition to retirement and begin the next stage of their lives,” said Arnie Fielkow, NBRPA CEO. “AASP consultants will serve as a great resource and benefit for members that are learning to cope with their changing identities and emotional attachment to the game.”
To kick off the new partnership, AASP leaders will join the NBRPA’s 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana to provide information on AASP services, answer individual questions and begin the process of connecting members with AASP consultants in their area.
“We are thrilled to provide our skills and expertise to NBRPA members,” said Dr. Brent Walker, AASP’s Past President. “Leveraging our national network of sport psychology consultants, AASP’s members are available to speak confidentially about personal issues ranging from difficulties with transitioning away from basketball, to starting a second career, to managing changing family roles.”
AASP currently has over 2,400 members in 50 countries worldwide, with backgrounds in a variety of areas including sport science, social work, counseling and clinical psychology. Many NBA teams currently work with an AASP sport psychology professional.Link to this news item