Prof. Dr. Michael Gutmann

Professor of Health and Sports Psychology

Professor Dr. Michael Gutmann

Prof. Dr. Michael Gutmann

Prof. Dr. Michael Gutmann, born in 1958, studied psychology at Bielefeld University from 1978 to 1983. He then worked as a research assistant at the Universities of Münster and Bielefeld, where he received his doctorate in 1988. After completing his doctorate, he initially worked at a contract research organization that provides scientific support for clinical studies by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Gutmann later co-founded e.factum GmbH, which is active in this field and also designs scientific information materials for the health care sector.

Gutmann, a former competitive athlete with experience in high jump competition, also works as a sports psychologist. He has been head psychologist of the German Athletics Association (DLV) since 2010 and also accompanied the German athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as an officially accredited sports psychologist of the DOSB. He is also a sports psychologist at Eintracht Frankfurt's youth football centre and works as a freelance coach for individual athletes and sports associations from various sports.

Work and research interests

  • Self-management in competitive sport: Which concepts can help athletes?
  • Competitive sport and mental health: Are the burdens of sport harmful?
  • Health over one's lifetime: What can one contribute?
  • Health as a social task: What actually prevents us from staying healthy?

Visions and objectives

  • Awaken enthusiasm for psychological topics and the application of the findings in one's own proefssional activities.
  • Implement research-based and practice-oriented training at the highest level.
  • Develop projects with partners from sport, business and the health sector in order to find innovative ways of promoting sport and health.
  • "The only legitimate place is between all chairs." This is an insight of my unfortunately deceased teacher Prof. Manfred Sader that I would also like to convey to the students: Being a psychologist also means being uncomfortable, putting your finger in the wound and not letting go. This is the only way to bring about change.

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