The 2 hour marathon – final frontier or limit of human endurance?

As I settled down to watch this year’s London Marathon, I was of course struck by the number of normal people with no real running background who had found a reason to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile course.  People who had found extraordinary strength from personal struggles that they never knew . . . → Read More: The 2 hour marathon – final frontier or limit of human endurance?

The Masters Golf Tournament – Pushed to breaking point?

With no deliberate link, I am moving from discussing work with young athletes to this year’s Masters golf tournament.  The pre-event discussions seemed to be centering around the return of a certain Tiger Woods and asking the all-important question: would this be Tiger’s famous return?  He was certainly competitive and may have . . . → Read More: The Masters Golf Tournament – Pushed to breaking point?

Sport Psychology for Children and Teenagers – Too little too late or too fast too furious?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of teaching mental skills to younger athletes.  Some of the world’s top performers talk about how many years it takes not just to develop the appropriate levels of technical, tactical and physical skills but also the mental skills.  Michael Phelps talks about starting . . . → Read More: Sport Psychology for Children and Teenagers – Too little too late or too fast too furious?

The Boatrace 2011 – Coxswains; the on-board Sport Psychologist?

So taking a move away from the world of professional Rugby, I wanted to take a look at the world of inter-varsity Rowing.  As an oarsman I always look forward to the spectacle of the biggest grudge match in competitive Rowing on the Thames every March.  There was much speculation about favourites and underdogs . . . → Read More: The Boatrace 2011 – Coxswains; the on-board Sport Psychologist?

Overcoming your demons?

It is with a touch of sadness that I write this last blog of the 2011 6 nations tournament.  While the standard of rugby was not always outstanding, it entertained throughout and was never predictable.  Most importantly, super Saturday was billed as having the potential for upsets and it certainly didn’t disappoint…

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What can one man do?

Well this weekend’s 6 nations was one of the most exciting I’ve ever seen.  If such a thing as a script for matches exists, then this weekend was pure improv!  France against Italy was supposed to be a walkover for the French, Ireland against Wales was supposed to be close but not . . . → Read More: What can one man do?

Controlling the Controllable

Sport is tough; of that I have no doubt.  And watching Scotland’s most recent match against Ireland at Murrayfield confirmed this.  In my last 6 nations blog, I highlighted the difficulties attached to being the favourite to win especially when playing at home.  Against Wales, I felt that Scotland were not able . . . → Read More: Controlling the Controllable

Working with younger athletes; avoiding the need to paint over the cracks?

One of the first myths that I often dispel with potential clients is that I have a bag of tricks that I can dip into to ‘fix’ their problems.  Sometimes necessity calls for a short-term strategy or technique to help an athlete through a particular event.  For example if they have suddenly . . . → Read More: Working with younger athletes; avoiding the need to paint over the cracks?

Expected to win?

I’ll be completely honest; this isn’t the blog I wanted to write after the Scotland game!  After such a promising display in Paris, I probably wasn’t alone in expecting a similar performance and perhaps also a victory?  This expectation, however, may actually lie at the root of the problems that were witnessed . . . → Read More: Expected to win?

Ruthless French and Committed Scots

Hearing the news that Andy Robinson is sending out the Scotland rugby team unchanged from last weekend inspired me with confidence. This was not the only aspect of the team that made me sit up and pay attention after the match in Paris last weekend.

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