My Work in Sport Psychology
Burt Giges, M.D.

Comments/Letters from Colleagues by Sophia Scholar

"Burt Giges, M.D. was described by one of the people who attended the conference with me as 'the Yoda' in the field. If you appreciate the concept of presence, he has it. He had everyone's apt attention in the well-attended presentation; and his availability outside the presentation hall routinely drew small crowds of people wanting to spend meaningful time at his elbow, so as to gather up another morsel of his insight and wisdom." 

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by Joe Mannion, December 22, 2011

"A small TREASURE trove of excerpts from one of the most beloved thought leaders (Burt Giges) in sport psychology."

(See Excerpts on this website).


Anger Management in Sport, 2010, Human Kinetics

Excerpt from Acknowledgements
     by Dr. Mitch Abrams

“Dr. Burt Giges, whom you cannot walk away from without feeling as if you just got smarter, the depth of your thinking is endless.”

AASP Newsletter, 23, 3, p. 8, Fall 2009

Excerpt from “Meet Your New E-Board Members”
     by Heather Peters, AASP Treasurer

"My Favorite Sport Psychology Professional: Consultant: Burt Giges"

“I’ve never met anyone else who is so in the moment and present. His clients have been very fortunate.”


Letter from Sean McCann, AASP President, Sept. 2009

I have been so lucky to be able to serve with you on the Executive Board. Having you as a mentor, colleague, and friend, I could not ask for more. You are a treasure for the field and pure gold for me. You are one of my favorite people in the world Burt, and I’m glad this time has brought us together. I know what you have done for us. Thank you doesn’t capture it.


Excerpts from a letter from Jack Lesyk, AASP Public Relations & Outreach Division  Head, Oct. 2009

I want you to know, Burt, that more than anyone else, you contributed significantly to my enjoyment as well as to my personal growth…I have especially appreciated your ability to create an environment in which everyone is listened to with patience, respect, and understanding. Yet, when the time came, you were able to stand strong for your values and convictions, and express them in a firm, yet always in a polite and respectful manner. I have appreciated your moments of lightheartedness and sense of humor as well.

Letter from Michelle Magyar, AASP Scientific Program Division Head, Sept. 2009

I truly believe that the conference was a tremendous success because you have reached out to so many members, in particular, the students. Due to your leadership, our planning committee made the best decisions because you always put the members first. Every single scheduling conflict was handled with grace, and because of your recommendations, our members benefited every time. You have taught me the importance of being patient and considerate; when the easiest thing to do is to make a quick fix and be done with it (I was tempted to do this many times!). And because of your diligence and attention to detail, we were able to produce a product that was impressive and memorable for the AASP membership. I will miss working with you Burt, and I consider this opportunity to collaborate with you to be one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you and a big hug to you! 

Performance Excellence Movement, 6, (1), p. 2, Dec. 2009. AASP’s Student Newsletter: Increasing Awareness of Sport Psychology in Other Performance-Related ContextsExcerpt from Introduction, Jessica Lutkenhouse Psy. D.

Dr. Burt Giges humbly portrayed this perspective during his Presidential Address at the 2007 AASP Annual Conference when he spoke about the importance of working together as an organization in order to achieve our main goal of improving the physical health, mental health, and well-being of our clients through sport and exercise. His wisdom was brilliantly portrayed when he said, “this means we need to pull together toward common goals, support each other by listening with an open mind, and communicate in ways that accept our differences even when we disagree, and work toward resolving whatever problems interfere with our performance.” His words set a wonderful example for future students interested in the field of sport and exercise psychology. My main goal for this newsletter was to emulate this same perspective by involving students from different disciplines to foster the member collaboration and connectedness Burt spoke about. The students that contributed did an amazing job working together with both me and my co-editor to disseminate exciting articles about their sport and exercise psychology-related interests. I hope you enjoy this newsletter, and that you too will follow Burt’s lead.