karen lo, sport & performance psychologist, hong kong

 

find your inner edge

 
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Inner Edge was founded on the belief that the mental game is just as important as the physical.

Inner Edge is Hong Kong’s leading Sport & Performance Psychology consultancy. Founded by Certified Mental Performance Consultant®, Karen Lo, we help athletes and performers of all levels reach their highest potential through psychological training, so that they can thrive both on and off the field. We also train coaches, teachers and parents on their roles in children’s personal, athletic and creative development. Our mental skills training includes 1:1 consultations, on-field support, and talks & workshops.

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Karen Lo’s full biogrAPhy

Karen has been involved in competitive athletics for over 19 years.  She was a member of the Hong Kong National swimming team for 7 years and was awarded the Outstanding Swimmers Award by both the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association and the Hong Kong Sports Institute.  Upon graduating from Diocesan Girls' School, she completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons.) in Psychology at the University of Hong Kong and earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Sport Psychology at Boston University, USA.

Karen is the first Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) in the greater China area of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), USA, the world-leading Sport and Performance Psychology organization with around 500 CMPCs to date that work across the globe. 

She currently serves as Vice-President of the Hong Kong Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and sits on both the Athletic Performance Enhancement Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled and International Relations Committee of AASP.  She is also a member of the European Federation of Sport Psychology. She is also involved in sport-based youth development programs for the underprivileged.

Karen is the author of Sport Psychology: Building self-confidence and maximizing potential, and contributing author of Mindfulness and Performance. She is also a past column writer for both local and Asian magazines, Sportsoho and Asia Trail. Her commitments to the above highlight her interests in the practice and promotion of applied Sport and Performance Psychology.

Since 2011, Karen has worked extensively with performers and athletes using a client-centered life coaching approach.  Apart from teaching at different local universities, she has also worked with some of the most well-known sport clubs, institutions and National Sport Associations in the region, including Hong Kong Jockey Club Apprentice Jockeys' School, Eastern Long Lions, Hong Kong Golf Association, Hong Kong Baseball Association, Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts etc. 

Karen’s individual clients range from youth to national level -from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland Chinese record holders; to American and Canadian National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division 1) athletes; to high school performers in air pistol, basketball, cricket, dance, e-sport, fencing, figure-skating, lacrosse, lawn bowls, marathon running, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, snooker, table tennis, tennis, boxing, track and field, trail running and windsurfing. 

 

PROFILE

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant®, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, USA

  • International Relations Committee, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, USA

  • Vice-President, Hong Kong Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Athletic Performance Enhancement Sub-Committee, Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled

  • Member, European Federation of Sport Psychology 
     

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D Candidate, Sport & Exercise Psychology, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

  • Master of Education in Counseling (with a specialization in Sport Psychology), Boston University, USA

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons.) in Psychology, University of Hong Kong

part-time & guest Lecturing

  • School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong (HKU)
    EXSC2002 Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) ORTY 5020 Applied Sport Science for Performance Enhancement 

  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) 
    Contextual studies - Dance Science (Performance Psychology)

  • Department of Sport & Physical Education, Baptist University of Hong Kong (HKBU) PERM1007 Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Department of Health & Physical Education, Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK) PES4211 Psychological Aspects of Elite Performance

  • Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (HKPU) RS600 Exercise Science

Publications

  • Lo, K. (2019). Sport Psychology: Building self-confidence and maximizing potential. Hong Kong: Arcadia Press. (in Chinese) 

  • SI, G. Y., Lo, C.H.K. & Zhang, C. Q. (2016). Mindfulness Training Program for Chinese Athletes and its Effectiveness. In A. Baltzell (Eds.), Mindfulness and Performance: Current Perspectives in Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: NY. Cambridge University Press.