../Morning Post
Posted October 30, 2009
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Psychology of Sport

Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecturer to address athletes’ mental preparation for Olympics

Waterloo - This year’s Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecture in Sports Psychology will feature Dr. Penny Werthner of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences. A former Olympian, Werthner will speak Monday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. about mental preparation for athletes and coaches for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Werthner is a professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her teaching and research includes performance psychology and how individuals, particularly elite coaches and athletes, learn most effectively. She also focuses on the use of bioneurofeedback with Olympic athletes and coaches to optimize performance.

A former elite athlete, Werthner was a member of Canada’s national track and field team for 11 years, competing at the Commonwealth Games and winning a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. Today, she also works as a sport psychology consultant, combining her athletic experiences with her academic background.

During her lecture, Werthner will share her knowledge of and strategies for mental preparation for performance, which can be helpful for Olympic athletes and sport performers at all levels of competitive sport.

The lecture will be held in Laurier’s Senate Board and Chamber, and is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Presented by the Faculty of Science and the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, the Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecture series is an endowed annual event held in memory of Fred Binding, a long-time Laurier faculty member in the Department of Psychology who taught a course on sport psychology, which was a subject he was particularly passionate about. The lecture series was created as a tribute to Binding and features internationally-known professors and researchers who lecture on topics related to sport psychology.

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