Players can conquer their physical disadvantages through relentless training & fitness regimes. They can conquer lack of the skills and technique through practice and on field or on court training. But how can they conquer the mind? The answer is mental training.
Having the experience of playing high-level competitive sport, we understand that a player can feel nervous or anxious before a big game; one can feel the pressure to win against lower ranked player. In a match, he or she may miss shots that they consistently make in practice sessions. In crucial situations, one may feel the nerves and make a fault or a mistake. For most of us who play competitive sport, these descriptions will sound similar.
Would you like to understand why athletes experience them?
Would you like to do something to prevent them happening in the future?
If the answer is 'yes', then SAMIKSHA is here to lead you to become MENTALLY TOUGH
Amy is a young hard working tennis player. She has the skills required to be in the
top 5 in the country. She also puts in effort on her physical fitness. However when
she plays tournaments and big matches she is often found throwing tantrums and
getting angry on court. She loses the matches she is expected to win and has not
been getting the results she deserves. What can Amy do?
Amy can visit the sport psychologists who will help her focus her thoughts and
cognitions in an adaptive way. She will learn various techniques that will make her
mentally tough. The sport psychologists will also teach her anger management and
thought stopping techniques so that Amy can perform to her best potential and get
the results she deserves.
The South African National Cricket team had gained a reputation as frequent
"chokers". Despite being consistently one of the best-performing nations in all forms
of cricket they never progressed beyond the semi-final stage at a World Cup, nor
won a game during the knock-out stage of the tournament.What could have they
If they had a sport psychologist the team could have learnt to gain control over their
emotions in crucial times such as a knock out match. Had they learnt the mental
techniques to handle pressure they could have won those important matches. The
sport psychologist can also help a team work like a well oiled machine. One of the
examples we have is the German Football Team who always has a sport
psychologist working with them
Rahul is a talented badminton player. His coaches and parents say that he is a
natural. However he lacks discipline and dedication and finds it hard to manage his
studies and his game. He also gets nervous before he plays higher ranked
opponents. This is hampering Rahul's progress in his sport. What should Rahul do?
Rahul should seek a sport psychologist who would help him develop self-discipline
and intrinsic/internal motivation towards his training. He will also be taught time
management to balance his academics and sport. The sport psychologist will work
on developing his confidence and self esteem to play against all players. Various
techniques such as visualization, self talk and other advanced psychological
techniques will give Rahul the edge over other players.
People at Samiksha
Ph.D Scholar in Sport Science & Psychology M.Sc Psychology of Sport & Exercise
M.A Counselling Psychology M.Sc Psychology of Sport & Exercise
Senior Sport & Counselling Psychologist
Senior Sport Psychologist
Senior Sport Psychologist
Junior Sport Psychologist
Junior Sport Psychologist
Junior Sport Psychologist
Dr. Atul Biniwale
MD (general medicine) and an international badminton player
Manager – Infrastructure & Government Services, KPMG Advisory Services, India
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (MBA)
Executive Director - Radiant Heat Exchanger Pvt. Ltd.
Purdue University (MBA)
Col. Varinder Singh
Raised the Boys Sports Company (BSC) at Army Sport Institute under the
“Mission Olympics Program.”
Prakash Padukone was the first Indian Badminton player ever to win the prestigious All
England Badminton Championship and is also a recipient of the Arjuna and Padmashree
awards. He is the director of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore and
the Olympic Gold Quest.
Abhijeet Kunte is an Indian chess grandmaster. He is a two time National Champion,
winner of the British chess championship and has won several medals for the
country at the World and Asian level. He is an advisor at Kunte’s Chess Academy and
the president at Lakshya sports.
The three-letter acronym – IIT – is recognized and respected all over the world.
The primary mission of the Chapter is to promote networking among alumni and organize several
events for Chapter members. The Chapter also provides support and guidance to entrepreneurial
ventures in sports and sports sciences.
IIT Alumni Bombay
Bhishmaraj Purushottam Bam is a leading motivational speaker and author. He was working as a
senior police officer for 34 years. His keen interest in the subject of psychology led him to study
sports psychology and the science of yoga. Several elite Indian athletes have benefited from his
Dr. Shama Kittur is the fitness consultant and chief-in-charge at VESOMA Sports
and Fitness Medical Center in Bangalore. Her expertise in the area of sports
injury and management is augmented by her personal involvement in the field of
"I must confess that I dint have a very professional approach in the area of ‘mind training’
until a few years ago and only when I underwent a severe bad patch did I feel the need to
make some drastic changes! Gayatri , being a good friend of mine, helped me a lot in this
phase, and we had several discussions or ‘sessions’ just before I was to play for India in the
2012 Chess Olympiad . We infact had a great result there and I even won Commonwealth
gold the same year. Our sessions have continued since, which has enabled me to work out a
system that works best for me ! Bruce Lee says,“ Its not enough to know, we must also apply “
& the methods recommended at Samiksha definitely helps one to apply our knowledge better !
Lastly, for all the youngsters & parents reading this, I believe that in order to achieve anything
extraordinary we must put in long hours of consistent effort rather than expect dramatic results
within 1-2 sessions itself ! I wish Samiksha all the very best and I am sure a continued
association with them will highly benefit all the budding, as well as already established
sportspersons out there ! "
Dear Gayatri and Janki,
I am sending you this mail to put on record as to how much we, at PTC Pvt Ltd, .have
appreciated your efforts in improving the levels of the mental strengths of our students.
We and the students are happy with the results and hope that you will keep up the good work
that you are doing.
Of the three aspects any top player has to address in order to achieve excellence viz.
physical, technical and mental, the mental aspect gets the least attention in India. Realising the
great importance of mental training, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy has tied up with
Samiksha from 2012 onwards. Janki and Gayatri have already made a positive impact on our
trainees, coaches and parents. We are sure that this partnership will definitely contribute to our
young trainees blossoming into top-notch
international players in future.
"My association with Samiksha, especially with Gayatri started very much as a curative
phase when I was facing a bad patch! However very soon I realized that mental training is
something that is indispensible for a player of any stature or at any point of a player’s career.
One has to keep in mind that its a science and not just a ‘one size fit all’ answer! To be honest,
before working with Gayatri, mental fitness to me was just limited to meditation or visualization.
But slowly I realized that just as your physical training, your mental training has to be tailor
made for you, your game, your personality and most importantly, that particular phase of your
sporting career. I think the most important core competency of Samiksha that differentiates
them from the others offering this service, is the perfect melding of the top level sporting
experience and the scientific knowledge of psychology that both Gayatri and Janki have in
abundance. I highly recommend that players make use of this activity right from their young
age and really hope that Samiksha helps and creates many more top-notch athletes".
“To keep performing well consistently at an international level, you have to train both your
body and your mind. The mental training program with Janki before CWG 2010 definitely
helped me and my team mates boost our performances leading us to win a silver medal! As
players we face success, failure and a lot of tough situations and to be able to manage our
emotions in these situations appropriately, I would like to tell all young as well as elite athletes
that they should utilize the sport psychology services made available to them in India by
"It is great to see that Indian sportspersons now have access to highly trained and modern
sports psychologists such as Janki and Gayatri through their organization Samiksha. Sports
Psychology is a field which definitely has to be tapped into if any player or team is seriously
looking to take their game to the next level.
Having observed Janki and Gayatri work with badminton players at the Tata Prakash
Padukone Badminton Academy, I am really impressed with their professional, practical and
structured approach. I highly recommend them to any individuals or sports teams seeking
high-level performance enhancement.
I am very excited to see Gayatri and Janki blossom as successful sport psychologists. As
their mentor I have had the opportunity to see them grow into thorough professionals. Mental
training has been a missing link however now I can I see clear possibility that Indian sportsmen
reach new heights in international achievement. Not only has their work begun to show results
but they are also both learning very fast with their international education .Their knowledge as
sport psychologist is extensive and having played sport their ability to connect and counsell
athletes is truly superior. Their mental training programs would be a tremendous asset to an
athlete’s skill sets and I recommend Samiksha to all Indian athletes, their coaches and their
NKBA has been associated with Samiksha for over 6 months now. Gayatri & Janki both
being former players themselves understand the psychology of players & what it takes to go to
the top.Sports psychology is of vital importance in todays highly competitive world of sports. In
children its important to introduce it to them at an early age. At a professional level it is 80 %
mental as at the highest level everyone is talented and fit and equal in skills but what
separates the winner from the others is his or her mental makeup.NKBA is proud to be
associated with Samiksha & I am sure their inputs to the trainees through their sessions will
help the trainees to reach their maximum potential
The old adage of the game is ninety percent mental and the rest distributed in favor of
various factors, is addressed very often but there is rarely ever an attempt made to progress in
that direction. Having said that handing over your precious team to sports psychologists that
too two young girls was a very daunting task. I was pleasantly surprised by the manner in
which they not only addressed the issue at hand ,made an potentially arduous task a very
enjoyable experience but most importantly made all of us aware how important it is to work on
this very neglected almost ignored aspect of professional sport.Gayatri and Janaki through
their organization are well on their way to make spectacular breakthroughs in this particular
field, I can safely say that they come well recommended and will be an immense value addition
to any professional or outfit, I wish them all the very best .
Psychology and its application is an intrinsic process with minute details involved, distinct in
every athlete. Gayatri exhibited execution of psychology and its methods in its true sense. Her
stint with players at TE provided a stepping stone for a brighter future in sport.
Sports psychology trains the mind to be a force multiplier for the physical
performance. Just like your physical conditioning helps you become faster and
stronger similarly mental conditioning helps you become mentally tougher.
A sport psychologist does not work with mentally ill individuals or prescribe
medication but they help individuals deal with challenges, problems, coping with
pressure, help them become more confident, help improve focus and motivate them
to train and work harder to achieve excellence. Going to a sport psychologist does
not mean an athlete is weak but it means that he/she is aware of the important role
of mental training in becoming a champion.
Many athletes and coaches realise the importance of the mental aspect in sport. Our
first goal is to assess and profile the individual which allows us to support them with
a psychological skills training program to enhance performance
Some of the most common reasons why athletes approach us are: stress, anxiety
and pre-competition anxiety, lapses in concentration and motivation, controlling
emotions, anger management, coping with injuries and setbacks, career transitions
and goal accomplishment. However we recommend athletes, coaches and parents
to seek services as a part of their build up to becoming a world class athlete
Each athlete has different needs and requirements but generally it takes six to eight
sessions for us to understand and assess the athlete and develop a program specific
to his/ her needs. The frequency of the sessions initially is more, but decreases with
time as we aim to make the athlete independent.
Yes, we work with athletes who are not based in Pune. We conduct sessions with
athletes on the telephone or video calls, and use email to provide you with your
psychological training plan. We do encourage athletes to meet us if they visit Pune
and also inform them if we are travelling to their cities.
We at Samiksha use western psychological techniques in conjunction with Indian
psychology which has delivered effective results. We do not believe in the "one size
fits all" kind of approach to psychological skills training and therefore design a
customised program for individual athletes or teams depending on their needs
Sport psychology training can help sports parents and children to develop skills
necessary for sport performance at an elite level and also for their holistic
development. It will teach you necessary skills such as effective communication for
the development of your child.