Tanja Kajtna has a PhD in psychology and has worked in the area of Sport Psychology since the last years of her undergraduate study. Her bachelor and master thesis as well as her doctorate were in the field of Sport Psychology.
Her personal experience as a swimmer in the past 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 also with disabled athletes, which resulted in Dr. Kajtna being in charge of several athletes at the Olympic Games in London 2012.
She has conducted several seminars and courses for Table Tennis coaches across Europe, was the key-note speaker at the ETTU Coaching Conference and has also had lectures with the Hopes.
Dr. Kajtna believes that the right direction towards top level in any sport is forming teams of coaches, who are technical masters, and expertise from other areas, including sport psychology which is essential on the road to excellence.
Currently she’s a professor at the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana, and Professor at Pedagogical faculty at 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.
In Part 01:
– she introduces herself and explains the main topic of the lecture, the importance of maintaining fun as a fundamental part of training to help a young players development (0:00-4:32)
– the first exercise, solving mathematical equations (4:32-8:47)
– the second exercise, coloring an image (8:47-12:26)
– how important it is for a player to focus 100% on the task at hand to be successful, the role of competition & how to add enjoyable parts into everyday practice (12:26-16:38)