Tanja Kajtna has a PhD in psychology and has worked in the area of Sport Psychology since she was in her last years of undergraduate study. Her bachelor and master thesis as well as her doctorate were in the field of Sport Psychology.
Her personal experience as a former swimmer and later as a coach help her in her active involvement in the psychological preparation of several top athletes in a number of sports – swimmers, athletes, tennis players and figure skaters. She also has experience in working with sailors, golfers, cyclists, skiers, and with disabled athletes, which resulted in Dr. Kajtna being in charge of several athletes at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
She has conducted numerous seminars and courses for Table Tennis coaches across Europe, was the key-note speaker at the ETTU Coaching Conference and has lectured at Hopes activities.
Dr. Kajtna believes that the right direction towards the top level in any sport is forming teams of coaches who are technical masters, and including expertise from other areas, including sport psychology, which is essential on the road to excellence.
Currently she is a professor at the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana, and a Professor at the Pedagogical faculty at the University of Maribor.
During this lecture/workshop, which was held during the ITTF Rough Diamonds Training Camp in Otočec, Slovenia in 2017, she talks about the importance of fun and enjoyment in an athlete’s development.
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