Heinrich Grobbelaar

Heinrich Grobbelaar
Stellenbosch University | SUN · Department of Sport Science

PhD

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Introduction
Heinrich Grobbelaar currently works at the Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University. Heinrich does research in (Applied) Sport Psychology. Their most recent publication is 'Team cohesion and performance during a university soccer championship: Two sides of the coin.'
Additional affiliations
July 2011 - present
Stellenbosch University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2008 - June 2011
Stellenbosch University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2003 - July 2008
North-West University
Position
  • Lecturer

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Publications (27)
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The purpose of this study was to compare 60 top ranked and 60 lower ranked u/19 rugby union players from the PUK Rugby Institute (18.78 ± 0.28 years). Results show slight differences regarding previous consultations with sport psychologists, perceived importance of and need for psychological skills training sessions and the players' perceived abili...
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The cohesion-performance relationship in team sports is fairly well established, although information on this topic within the African soccer context is limited. The study aimed to compare successful and less successful soccer teams on team cohesion and various descriptive variables (age, previous championship experience and team stability), based...
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The development of psychological skills is an important, but often neglected part of sport. This study aimed to determine the effects of a psychological skills training (PST) programme delivered to underserved club rugby players. Twenty-four (n=24) rugby union players (Age: M=27.02 years) shared their views about psychological skills development in...
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Competitive state anxiety can be detrimental to golf performance. The effect of a group multimodal anxiety management programme on the intensity and direction of anxiety and self-confidence among amateur golfers was investigated. The directionally modified Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 was completed 10 minutes before two competitive rounds...
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Rugby sevens was included in the 2016 Olympic Games, with South Africa’s Blitzboks winning bronze. They also won the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series. Whilst peak performance is paramount at the elite level there is a growing responsibility to address player well-being and off-the-field player needs. This study explored the psychol...
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Background: Relative age effect (RAE) refers to the overrepresentation of athletes born earlier in the calendar year covering a specific sport. The RAE is especially prevalent in youth sports but often persists into senior competitive levels. Objectives: To determine the prevalence and magnitude of the RAE among student-athletes in a high performan...
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Prevalence of the relative age effect among high performance, university student-athletes, versus an age matched student cohort S Dube Background: Relative age effect (RAE) refers to the over-representation of athletes born earlier in the calendar year in sport. The RAE is especially prevalent in youth sports but often persists into senior competit...
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Background: Elite athletes need to optimise their body composition to deliver world class performances and this argument could be extended to elite referees as well. Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of body composition information among football referees. Aim: The aim of the study was to determine and compare the body composition and somatotyp...
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Differences in the sport psychological skill levels of team sport athletes (e.g., volleyball, rugby union, netball and field hockey) in different playing positions suggest that each playing position bears unique psychological demands. There seems to be contracting results and limited information on this topic in soccer. The aim of this study was to...
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PhD dissertation - Supervised by Proff. D. Malan & B. Steyn
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The aim of this study was to compile a sport psychological skills profile of track and field athletes and to compare the psychological skill levels of successful and less successful track athletes during the 2011 University Sport South Africa Athletics Championships. The participants included 143 athletes (age= 21.6±2.32 years). Their perceived imp...
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Research into the 'dual careers' (simultaneous academic and sport endeavours) of student-athletes is growing. There is a need to optimise student-athletes' transition from high school to tertiary institutions. The aim of this study was, first, to determine the personal, academic, and sporting needs of student rugby players, and, second, to evaluate...
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The aims of this explorative study was to identify differences and possible changes in sport psychological skill levels of potentially talented rugby players with different maturity status over a two year period. The sport psychological skills were assessed using the Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28 (ACSI-28). Eighteen rugby players (N=18) were...
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Differences regarding the psychological skill levels of soccer, basketball, rugby union and American football players in different playing positions have been reported. These differences are believed to be the result of the specific demands of each playing position. This study examined possible positional differences in a group of 185 South African...
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The aims of the study were to determine student field hockey players’ perceived need for Mental skills training (MST), and their perceptions regarding their ability to prepare psychologically for matches, as well as to compile a general profile of their psychological skills for the total groupand by gender. A total of 197 (91 men and 106 women) Sou...
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Mood state changes are widely regarded as a symptom of athlete burnout and show potential to be used as a marker for this condition. The aim of this study was to determine whether changes in burnout scores would be accompanied by similar changes in mood state scores, and to determine the strength of the relationship between burnout and mood state s...
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A sample of 41 male student rugby players (mean age: 21.87 ± 1.39 years) completed the Recovery-Stress Questionnaire (Kellmann & Kallus, 2001), Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (Raedeke & Smith, 2001) and Stellenbosch Mood Scale (Terry et al., 2003) repeatedly over a five-month period. Independent t-tests, one-way analysis of variance and effect sizes...
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There is a lack of information on sport psychological skills training programmes within South African netball. The purpose of this study was to report on the previous exposure, perceived importance of, and need for sport psychological skills training (SPST) sessions, as expressed by 314 South African provincial netball players (20.30 ± 3.88 years)...
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The purpose of the study was to determine the current situation regarding the implementation of mental skills training (MST) programmes by netball coaches. A total of 265 South African provincial netball players from 28 teams and their respective coaches (n=28) participated in the study. Despite the fact that 89.90% of the coaches regard MST as ver...
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Research findings from other sports suggest that playing position may be related to the psychological skills of athletes, since the demands placed on the athlete differ as a function of playing position. This study, therefore, examined possible positional differences regarding seven sport psychological skills and attributes in a group of rugby unio...
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The aim of this study was to determine the degree (percentage) of upper body morphological asymmetry amongst elite international male javelin throwers, as it could possibly negatively affect the health of athletes and hinder optimal sporting performances. Nineteen javelin throwers with an average age of 26.4 ±4.4 years, were measured on both the do...
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The purpose of this study was to determine the intensity and direction (i.e., perceived effect) of anxiety and self-confidence among elite South African crawl stroke swimmers as well as its relationship to the performance of this population. Fifteen men (19.0 ± 3.36 years) and 12 women (17.7 ± 2.45 years) finalists of at least one crawl stroke item...
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In spite of the fact that soccer has among the highest participants of all sports in the world, there is a lack of research that pertains to the possible influence that sport psychological skills may have on the performances of soccer players. It is in the light of this problem that this study was undertaken to determine which sport psychological s...

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