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About Emma

Emma is a leading BASES Accredited Sport Scientist and Performance Consultant providing support to athletes, coaches and practitioners across the world of sport.


Working alongside world-class athletes, coaches & practitioners from a variety of sports, Emma provides support to take performance to the next level.


As a leading researcher in athlete wellbeing Emma prides herself on evidence based practice that is grounded in scientific principles.


Whether Emma is working with individual athletes or sports teams, the results & methods used ensure all of her clients reach their aspirations.


Dr. Emma Kavanagh is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited, chartered sport and exercise scientist, specialising in the delivery of performance psychology, skill acquisition and lifestyle support.

Emma has a wealth of experience working with elite performers across a variety of team and individual sports. She has gained an excellent reputation as a performance psychologist helping athletes and coaches alike achieve their personal performance aspirations.

Having competed for England in her chosen sport hockey, she has been fortunate enough to gain a unique insight into what it is like to be a performer at an elite level. As a result, Emma brings both personal and professional experience of high performance sport environments to her consultancy work.

Emma is passionate about the delivery of performance psychology and believes in the creation of optimal learning climates that allow individuals the opportunity to understand and capitalise upon their personal strengths, embrace pressure and develop resilience. This results in individuals challenging their own performance boundaries and increasing their upper limits.

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default
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Emma has worked with world-class athletes, coaches and practitioners across a variety of sports, preparing individuals and teams for both domestic and international competitions. As a direct consequence, Emma has significant experience of working with people in the build up to, and supporting them at major sporting events including Olympic and Paralympic competitions, Commonwealth Games, Grand Slam, World and European Championships. Emma attended both the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2017 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 as a member of support staff representing Team GB and Team England respectively. Emma is currently preparing a number of athletes on their path to Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Emma has experience of working across a range of team and individual sports including: rugby, cricket, hockey, volleyball, beach volleyball, badminton, tennis, wheelchair tennis, equestrianism, table tennis, athletics, rowing, swimming, tae kwon do and boxing. Emma has prepared athletes for ultra endurance and extreme events such as iron man and ultra-running challenges, and has prepared a team for a world record-breaking Atlantic rowing crossing. She has an interest in motor sports and has worked with athletes in motor racing and speedway. Emma has also worked with athletes involved in lifestyle sports such as downhill mountain biking, snowboarding windsurfing and surfing. This variety of practice enables her to work with world-class individuals and to transfer this knowledge between sports and across settings in order to provide a unique service to clients.

Emma provides support through one-to-one and/or team based sessions and the delivery of educational workshops. Support is individually tailored to meet the needs of the client and is grounded in theoretical principles.


In addition to her applied work, Emma is an academic and researcher, and prides herself on evidence-based practice that is grounded in scientific principles.

As a leading researcher in athlete wellbeing, Emma is interested in how individuals achieve success yet maintain enjoyment of their discipline even in highly pressurised environments. Her research interests are within the academic disciplines of sport psychology and sociology.

Current projects include an examination of humanisation and dehumanisation in high performance sport and its impact on athlete wellbeing, understanding human rights in elite sport and an exploration of the impact of role strain on adolescent health and wellbeing.

Emma has published in academic journals and presented her work at national and international conferences. She is part of a number of international research networks which have a clear vision to enhance the climate and environment in which high performance athletes function.

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