Institute of Sports Science

Dr. Svenja Wachsmuth

Institute of Sports Science
Wilhelmstraße 124,
1st floor, Room 102
  07071 29-72656
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Main research

  • Interpersonal processes in sports coaching (e.g., Coach-athlete relationship, conflict) 
  • Coach education and development (e.g., motivational and interpersonal competencies)
  • Psychosocial factors in talent development (e.g., psychological diagnostics, career pathways)
  • Organisational perspectives on sport environments (e.g., talent development environments; Research grant: Talent development from an organisational and relational perspective – OSF doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/YAC6D; dysfunctional aspects of TDEs – OSF doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/CQ4P5)

Short vita

Since 2020
Junior Research Group Leader „Sport Psychology and Coaching“

Institute of Sport Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen/Germany

Since 2019
Sport psychology consultant within the National Paralympic Committee GER

Since 2018
Postdoctoral researcher for sport psychology

Institute of Sport Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen/Germany

2014 - 2017

Loughborough University, UK

European Master of Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc Sport Psychology, MSc Sport Diagnostics and Intervention)

University of Jyväskylä, Finland/Leipzig University, Germany

Bachelor of Science, Psychology

University of Regensburg, Germany

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Wachsmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C. (2020). Third party interventions in coach-athlete conflict: Can sport psychology practitioners offer the necessary support? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, ahead of print. Doi: 10.1080/10413200.2020.1723737
  • Jooste, J., Kruger, A., & Wachsmuth, S. (2019). Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship and their link to sport performance in disability sports. International Journal of Disabilities Sports and Health Sciences, 2, 35-44. 
  • Wachsmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C. (2018). Managing interpersonal conflict in coach-athlete relationships. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 7, 371-391. Doi: 10.1037/spy0000129
  • Wachsmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C. (2018). On understanding the nature of interpersonal conflict between coaches and athletes. Journal of Sport Science, 36;1955-1962. Doi: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1428882
  • Wachsmuth, S., Jowett, S., & Harwood, C. (2017). Conflict among athletes and their coaches: What is the theory and research so far? International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 84-107. Doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2016.1184698

Book chapters and other publications

  • Jowett, S. & Wachsmuth, S. (2020). Power in women artistic gymnastics’ coach-athlete relationships. In R. Kerr, N. Barker-Ruchti, C. Stewart and G. Kerr (Eds.) Women’s artistic gymnastics: socio-cultural perspectives. Routledge.
  • Wachsmuth, S., & Jowett, S. (2020). Conflict and communication in coach–-athlete relationships. In D. Hackfort & R. J. Schinke (Eds.) The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Volume 2: Applied and Practical Measures (chapter 14). Routledge: London.
  • Wachsmuth, S., Weise, M., Jowett, S., & Höner, O. (2021). Die Trainer-Athlet Beziehung: Grundstein zum Erfolg? Leistungssport, 1, 5-11.

Functions and memberships

  • PhD Supervision:
    • Fee Carolin Gierens
    • Lars-Luca Hauser
    • Fynn Bergmann
  • Professional Bodies:
    • MC member of the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP, since 2015)
  • Reviewing
    • Journals: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, International Journal for Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, International Journal of Exercise Science, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
    • Conferences: Abstract reviews for the ENYSSP Annual Conferences