Dr. Ross Flowers is an experienced international sport and performance psychologist, executive coach, author and speaker. He is a partner in Giles Consulting Group and the director of sports performance psychology for the Los Angeles Clippers. Dr. Ross Flowers is also the mental health clinician for the Los Angeles Rams and consults with the UCLA track & field program. He has experience as a leadership development coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, psychologist in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and sport psychology instructor. Dr. Ross Flowers designs, teaches, and implements skills development programs for culturally diverse individuals, teams and organizations.
Dr. Ross Flowers establishes professional relationships and builds tailored programs to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Ross Flowers is a sport & performance psychologist and executive coach who takes pride in being a valuable resource in achieving excellence. With years of experience in sport, psychology and performance at every level, Dr. Flowers works efficiently and effectively to teach skills that are essential to performance, so clients can maximize the pleasures of excellence.
The author of, Introducing Your Child to Sports: An Expert's Answers to Parents' Questions about Raising a Healthy, Balanced, Happy Athlete, Dr. Ross Flowers offers his unique 360 degree perspective - as a noted sport psychologist, former elite athlete and coach, and father of young athletes himself - to answer the 70 most-asked questions of concerned parents contemplating their child's participation in sports.
Dr. Flowers served as a senior sport psychologist with the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to creating sport psychology programs for national governing bodies of sport and implementing services to teams and individuals, Dr. Flowers successfully integrated performance services into the culture of an Olympic Training Center through coaching, mentoring, psycho-education, psychotherapy, individual and group consultation, leadership training, team building, capital project requests, research, written reports, educational programming, and training venue development. He served on many USA World Cup, World Championship and Olympic teams for summer and winter sports.
Dr. Flowers founded and directed the Applied Sport Psychology Program at the University of California, Davis, working in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department serving 26 intercollegiate athletic programs, over 800 student-athletes and 121 coaches and staff. He also supervised the professional development of psychology doctoral candidates specializing in applied sport psychology.
Dr. Flowers's productivity in the realm of elite performance enhancement is supported by his background as an elite athlete, NCAA Division 1 coach, and consultant to national and international business professionals. Dr. Flowers has a doctorate of philosophy in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with emphasis in performance and sport psychology, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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"[Introducing Your Child to Sports is] An outstanding blueprint for introducing any young person to sports, as well as a great manual for parents looking for answers to questions concerning their child's desire to participate in athletics."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, The World's Greatest Female Athlete
"Introducing Your Child to Sports answers every question a parent could face at each phase of their child's involvement in athletics, and is definitely an extremely handy parental map for navigating the way to a child's positive and rewarding athletic experience."
Apolo Anton Ohno, 8x Olympic Medalist, Speed Skating
"Who better to write this book than Dr. Ross Flowers? His experience as a star youth athlete, college All-American and team captain at UCLA, and professional athlete - combined with his advanced education, sport psychology career, and being a father of three young athletes - may make him the best person to thoughtfully instruct parents on best practices and avoidable hazards in sport. It gives me great pride to know he's written a book that's needed for the youth community.
Bob Larsen, 2004 Olympic Coach Track & Field, UCLA Head Coach Track & Field
The mental side of training is so important, and I truly believe it makes all the difference in the world. It is a process though, not only realizing the value of working on this aspect of your preparation, but also the trust and confidence that develops in the relationship you build with your Sports Psychologist over time. For me, this was huge.
NCAA Champion, World Championship Finalist, USA Track & Field