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In order for athletes to become elite and perform consistently at a high level, they must exhibit mental discipline. They must create and follow […]
The development of Identity in Youth Sport
A bit of background on identity… If we start with the wider idea of self-identity, it is a clearly delineated self-definition…comprised of those goals, […]
Stressors, Sports Performance and the Perception of the Athlete
Sports competition has the ability to continually draw large amounts of spectators. A reason because of this is due to the multiple situations in […]
Pushing athletes harder: Why getting too comfortable can be hazardous
The date was 10th October 2017. The hearts of 325 million people were racing with nervous excitement as their country played for a spot at […]
#8 Slowing down to manage nerves
To help manage nerves or anxiety we want children to practise a really simple technique of learning how to slow things down.
#7 Mindfulness using your senses
Introduce your students to a really simple mindfulness activity.
#6 Finding my relaxing and happy place
When I feel anxious or nervous I like to spend 5 minutes imagining I’m in a really relaxing and happy place.
Self-compassion in sport
Sport is full of challenges; pressure and evaluation, injuries, plateaus, sport-life balance conflicts and relationship issues, to name a few. Conventional wisdom holds that […]
Is it Beneficial, Ethical or Practical to use Skype for Sport Psychology Consultations?
One of the top Google searches related to finding sport psychologist provision is “sport psychologist near me” (Google Ads, UK, Keyword Planner Search, February […]
What motivational climate do you create for young athletes?
Working in various youth sport environments and with several young athletes on an individual basis brings about numerous challenges in relation to athlete motivation […]
#5 Planning some fun activities into my week
To help boost my mind I find it really helpful to plan some fun and pleasurable activities into my week.
#4 My feelings treasure chest
Today I am making a list of my favourite feelings and when they happen.
#3 Sharing our thoughts and feelings
Today I want to talk to you about our mental health and why it is really important to speak to others about how we […]
#2 Building your confidence
Today we want to help you to think about how you can start building confidence.
#1 Introducing Mind Buddy
Welcome to Mind Buddy. I’m here to help you to build positive mental health.
How Do Endurance Athletes Perceive Mindfulness Techniques?
Mindfulness is the new buzz word sweeping the sporting world, with more athletes shunning the commonly used psychological skills techniques such as self-talk and […]
‘Negative thoughts and feeling tense’ A footballer’s psychological response
How can anxiety affect performance? There are many theories and models that explain anxiety in a sporting performance, an early theory implied was the […]
Daily Mental Skills Practice
Adding daily mental skills practice into your practice routines can be beneficial. Believing in the power of practicing those mental skills will be a […]
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S): Swimmers
Last spring, Swim England hosted its annual Sport Science and Medicine conference with the special topic of the female athlete. In hopes of gaining […]
Taking time for yourself – even when you don’t feel like it
Charlotte shares her thoughts on why studying less may improve your grades – and your mental health. Have you ever had that feeling that […]
Utilising a Growth Mindset within a young athlete’s sport journey
The most commonly known use of the ‘Growth Mindset’ approaches have been with education settings, with Carol Dweck conducting most of her mindset research […]
Developing a Challenge Mindset – A Key to Resilience
“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward. A challenge mindset has long been associated with improved sports […]
How Self-Efficacy can Improve Decision Making Abilities in Sport
Five seconds left and a basketball team has the ball, down by one point. The coach has set a play for the team to […]
Surviving or Thriving? Developing Psychological Resilience into High Performing Contexts
In March 2015, Leicester City Football Club were facing relegation from the Premier League and embarked on what commonly became known as ‘The Great […]
A Coaches Guide to Human Thriving: How Can You Facilitate It?
The Need for Achievement! Everybody has the inherent drive for self-improvement and development. This desire for achievement places us in new scenarios (e.g. first […]
Developing Resilience In Elite Athletes: The Role Of The Environment
It often said ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. But we all react to adversity in different ways. While some seem to be […]
How Gratitude Can Improve Performance
Champion or defeated? Sports constantly presents challenges and adversity, exposing athletes with enough grit and gratitude to overcome adversity and those who will crumble […]
Do you understand how expectations may affect your sport performance?
Expectation is defined as ‘a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future’. Expectations can affect athletes in various […]
Using Imagery for Sport Performance
Imagery is a mental skill with which many of us are familiar. If done correctly, and adapted for the needs of the athlete, imagery […]