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The Sport Psych Show

Mar 27, 2023

I am delighted to be joined by Danielle Cormier and Dr Kent Kowalski in this week’s episode. We speak about self-compassion in sport.

Danielle is a Doctoral Candidate at University of Saskatchewan, specialising in Sport Psychology. Danielle is passionate about encouraging athletes to build on their character strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses. She is particularly interested in the application of positive psychology in sport, and the construct of grit and self-compassion in athletes competing at both elite and developmental levels.

Kent is a Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Kent’s research, teaching, and applied work is primarily in the area of sport, exercise, and health psychology. His main research focus currently is on exploring the role of self-compassion in the lives of athletes. 

Kent is also an Assistant Coach with the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Team and a mental training consultant with the Saskatchewan Sports Science and Medicine Council.

Danielle and Kent have co-authored a paper, along with colleagues, entitled ‘Self-compassion in sport: a scoping review’.

The paper reviews the self-compassion in sport literature and provides further evidence of the potential benefits of self-compassion to sport participants.