Mental guidance

About is a website for (former) elite athletes. It contains all the information you need during or after your professional sports career, and it can give you a bit of a boost if you’re feeling stuck. Read more >> 

Going deep for Vancouver

Going deep for Vancouver is a very personal and candid documentary about former short track speed skater Margriet de Schutter, the road to the Olympic Games and the moment of quitting.

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What happens to you mentally when you quit?


This section contains an overview of a presentation that was given by sports psychologist Sandra van Essen to former elite athletes about the mental effects of quitting professional sports. Sandra van Essen is a registered sports psychologist with VSPN® and has been actively mentally training and guiding athletes since 1991. You can find more information on Sandra at