It’s a new way to approach boosting your performance as an athlete – and promises to take you to the next level, no matter what level you are at right now. The good news is that you don’t have to be born with Sports IQ – you can learn it. And Garrath can show you how. He has worked with a wide variety of athletes and teams, at all levels, so he’s seen theory put into practice, and he knows that it works.Our background
Garrath Rosslee is not a sports psychologist. He is, however, a versatile industrial psychologist with a doctorate in Sports Intelligence. Furthermore, his extensive consulting, research and advisory experience in the fields of leadership, strategy implementation, turnaround and change management – all of which inform his approach to Sports IQ. He holds Master’s degrees in Industrial Psychology, Business Ethics and Strategy, has published a number of articles and chapters, is a guest lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his doctorate in Consulting Psychology in 2014. He is also in the process of publishing a book on Sports IQ, The Top Two Inches, based on his doctoral study, and which he co-wrote with Mandy Collins. He’s an avid sports fan and dabbles in triathlon on the weekends, and is passionate about helping all levels of athletes to take their performance up a notch.
The idea that elite athletes possess some kind of sporting intelligence is not a new idea, but the research around it has been quite scattered and piecemeal. It was time for a coherent theory of sports intelligence – which is what Garrath Rosslee tackled for his Psychology doctorate – and which he’s turned into an accessible book for athletes at all levels.
The best news about sports intelligence is that you don’t have to be born with it – you can learn it – and this book explains exactly what sports intelligence is, and how it can work for you. It both explains the theory, and gives you pointers on how to put it into practice.
So, whether you play a sport at club level and want to move yourself into the next league, or are a professional player who wants to compete internationally, this book is for you – it will give you an approach to boosting your performance, and help to take you to the next level.
The neurophysiological sub-system refers to the physiological, biological and neurological processes including reaction time, physical preparation, input, processing and execution.
The second sub-system refers to the rational, logical processes including decision-making, learning, clarity, process awareness, game data processing, knowledge recall, mistake management and judgement.
This important component refers to handling pressure, self-control, response management, instinct, comfort, arousal, psychological stability, self-understanding, regulation and confidence, amongst others.
Being able to be a part of a team, understanding group dynamics, being able to effectively engage with others and communicate are cornerstones of this sub-system.
Sport participants experience all kinds of pressures and challenges from society including relationship, peer and competitor pressures in addition to expectations, extraneous influences, hype and sacrifice. These need to be mastered.
The metaphysical sub-system refers to "higher order factors" and includes beliefs and values. Important values are trust, sacrifice, standards, expression, boundaries, integrity, habits and intangibles.