Wylleman Paul



Paul Wylleman is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he teaches Sport psychology, Mental training and support services throughout the athletic career, Human Resources Management and Lifestyle management for athletes, and Psychological aspects of leisure at the faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and/or the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Paul is also head of the department “Topsport and Study” which provides support to elite student-athletes at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Paul’s research includes interpersonal relationships in competitive sport, the career development of talented, elite and former elite athletes, the education and consulting in applied sport psychology, and the development and use of mental skills in high performance contexts.

Paul has published articles, chapters and books and has been a key-note speaker on the topic of, amongst others, mental skills of elite athletes and coaches, the quality of sport psychology support service/providers, and career and life style management of elite (young) athletes at international congresses as well as at meetings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the European Olympic Committees (EOC), different European Olympic Committees and elite sport bodies (e.g., UKSport, France’s National institute of elite sport and performance INSEP), as well as different elite sport federations (e.g., the English FA).

Paul has coordinated the project “Sport psychology support services for topsportschools and sports federations” as well as the project “Career support services for elite and former athletes” (Carrièrebegeleiding Topsport Vlaanderen) – both financed by the Flemish sport administration Bloso and/or the department of the Flemish minister of Sport. He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the Taskforce Topsport of the Flemish government.

At international level, Paul is the current President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and is founder and coordinator of the European Forum for Applied Sport psychologists in Topsport (FAST) which brings together sport psychology service providers working with elite and Olympic athletes and teams in thirteen European countries. He is also board member of the International Athletes Services Forum which brings together service providers from around the world.

As sport psychologist, Paul has been consulting and worked on-site during several European and World Championships with Olympic and elite athletes (e.g., in tennis, swimming, figure ice skating, fencing, athletics, archery, horse riding, judo), with elite teams (e.g., soccer, basketball), as well as with the topsportschools of the Flemish Tennis Federation (Vlaamse Tennisvereniging; VTV) and the Flemish Swimming Federation (Vlaamse Zwemfederatie).


You can view a publications list of Paul Wylleman on the Research Database of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel