The department of sports and psychology St. Thomas College organized national Webinar on the topic “Mental Health – A crucial ingredient for success of a sports person – Efficacy of sports & psychology.” The main theme for discussion was the importance of sports psychology in the world of sports and sportsperson. How sports psychology uplifts the mental health of a sportsperson was deliberated. Mr. P.C Anthony an international coach of basketball from Kerala spoke on the areas in the life of a player that can be impacted positively by sports psychology. Ms. Lalhmingkimi Khiangte, National level hockey player and Team member of International Tournament under 19 Asian Hockey Championship and an actress in Film ‘Chak De! India’, spoke on the need of a sports psychology as a player. She talked about her experiences as a player and how players are benefitted when a trained psychologist takes care of the anxiety and stress of a player. Mr. Dinesh Mishra awarded with IMG Reliance Scholarship, USA, 2011- 2015 and an International and National Level Basket Ball Player also spoke at the webinar. He had been given scholarship to train in Florida, USA where he had experience of training with sports psychologists. Mr. Dinesh spoke about these experiences and how he gained from it.
Principal, Dr. M.G. Roymon welcomed the speakers and participants on the occasion. He highlighted the areas on which sports psychology can be effective. Convener and Head of the department of Psychology, Dr. Debjani Mukherjee, introduced the topic and informed the participants about the positive impact a sports psychologist can have in the mental wellbeing of a sports person. Organizing secretary and sports officer, Mr. Kailash Narayan Verma summed up the proceedings and gave the vote of thanks. Dr. Sumita Singh and Mr. Mahendra Ikhar compered the webinar and Mr. J. Majju and Mr. Michael Fernandez (Broadcast Manager) gave technical support for the smooth conduct of the sessions.