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Born to Perform

Gerard Hartmann – Born to Perform

Since 1991 Gerard Hartmann has worked as a physical therapist with many of the world’s greatest athletes, including Sonia O’Sullivan, Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe, as well as with a number of Irish rugby, athletic and GAA stars.

In Born to Perform, Hartmann takes a look at his experiences in sport, both as a competitor and a physical therapist, and how it has helped and healed his life.

Born to Perform:

• Is an engaging and inspiring account of the life of an athlete at the top of his game, and how he dealt with the injury that took him out of competing, starting again as a physical therapist

• Shows how drive and determination can lead to success in sport and life

• Warns against obsession with sport to the detriment of family and relationships, and mental and physical health

Born to Perform is a book for anyone who wants to make the most of life and succeed at what they love.

About the author
Gerard Hartmann operates Hartmann International Sports Injury Clinic at the University of Limerick, and also at the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten, Kenya. 



"Born to Perform…touches at the heart of what it takes to succeed. Gerard Hartmann is an unsung hero with a unique ability to heal, motivate and instil self-belief in those he treats."

Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic champion, 800 metres and 1,500 metres

"Rugby was professional, but my body was not! Gerard Hartmann’s hands were needed to bridge that gap… In Born to Perform he uses those same hands for more gentle work: a candid portrayal of what made him the foremost Irish triathlete and a world leading physical therapist."

Keith Wood, former international rugby player

"For those of you lucky enough to meet Gerard Hartmann on your journey through life, you will instantly recognise his voice and infectious enthusiasm in his inspiring book Born to Perform. For those of you who haven’t, prepare to meet a very special man when you read this book. Truly a one-off."

Paul Galvin, Kerry senior football team; Footballer of the Year 2009

"Passionate, honest, gifted and inspiring. Not only has Gerard touched the lives of so many people...he transformed them. His positive attitude is infectious. A true champion of life."

Senator Eamonn Coghlan, three-time Olympian and former 5000-metre world champion.

"In this compelling read, the enthusiasm and grá for life of Gerard Hartmann penetrates to the core of your spirit just as deeply as his healing hands do for his athletes."

Mickey Harte, Manager, Tyrone football team

"This book explores the mindset and common threads of success in sport and life and leaves you with the clear idea…that excellence is perseverance in disguise."

Marcus O’Sullivan, Head Athletics Coach, Villanova University, PA, US; three-time world indoor 1,500-metre champion

"[Gerard Hartmann’s] wisdom and knowledge on how the mind and body work together in healing is unique…He gives an injured player or athlete the confidence needed to get back to his best. Born to Perform shows much of his uniqueness and expertise."

Lar Corbett, Tipperary senior hurling team; Hurler of the Year 2010

"Born to Perform is a must-read for those seeking excellence in a competitive world."

Jack O’Connor, Manager, Kerry football team

"In Born to Perform, Gerard has captured the essence of the ‘soul of sport’ from every angle. A must-read to see what it takes to reach gold medal performances."

Cyle Sage, former professional triathlete; two-time US Olympic Developmental Coach of the Year for Triathlon

"An inspirational read that challenges the competitor in all of us to be the best we can possibly be."

Brian Cody, Manager, Kilkenny hurling team

"[Born to Perform] will inspire people to overcome adversity and proves that positivity, love and a `never give up’ attitude will bring you far in life."

James McGee, Irish international tennis player

"Born to Perform is a very inspirational story about a man who never settled with good, but kept pushing for excellence. I read the book during one weekend and it stole lots of needed sleep from my training regime. Gerard Hartmann inspires me to be the best I can be."

Lisa Norden (Sweden), world triathlon champion 2010

"In Born to Perform, [Gerard Hartmann] openly shares his story of how sport shaped his life and, through his gift, how he shaped the lives of so many sportspeople."

Lornah Kiplagat (the Netherlands/Kenya), three-time world champion in the half marathon;World Cross Country Champion.

"Running through my mind are thoughts of all the races I ran. On my chest are medals from the races I won. In my heart is gratitude to Gerard Hartmann for helping make my dreams come true. I am very honoured to be a part of this wonderful book."

Douglas Wakiihuri (Kenya), world gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist in the marathon.