What Is The Role Of A Sports Psychologist In Football?

EP 146 Episode Cover John Nassoori

What Is The Role Of A Sports Psychologist In Football?

What Is The Role Of A Sports Psychologist In Football?

John Nassoori is a freelance journalist who writes about performance psychology’s role in sport for publications including the BBC and The Guardian. He tells stories on subjects ranging from the first World Cup-winning psychologist to weightlifting beauty queens and produces The Mind Room, a weekly newsletter covering psychology-focused stories from around the world of football.

In today’s episode I chat with John Nassoori, a freelance writer and sports journalist for BBC Sport and The Guardian, in the UK.   We go on to discuss his research into football or soccer psychology, at both the elite end and in grassroots football.  We chat about perceptions of sports psychology, mental health and mental toughness in football.  We also touch on the difference between a sports psychologist and other people who are working in football who often get labelled as sports psychologists.   How sports psychology is used currently in football and what the future holds for the domain we also talk about.

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • That football or soccer psychology is still in its infancy.
  • The role of the Sports Psychologist is misunderstood and requires ongoing education to football clubs decision makers, coaching staff and support teams.
  • It takes an outlay of £45k+ to gain the necessary qualifications to qualify as a HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
  • The term Sport and Exercise Psychologist is a protected term.
  • Mind Coaches, Mental Performance Coaches, Clinical or Counselling Psychologists have a role to play in football or soccer however their route to providing support in this environment is different to a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
  • It is important to check out the credentials of anyone practicing psychology whether they are seeking to enhance performance or improve mental health.
  • Mental toughness in football is similar to resilience, it’s about helping people withstand pressure.

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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    Mental Strength: What You Can Learn About Resilience From The Special Forces

    EP 144 Episode Cover Jon Watkins

    Mental Strength: What You Can Learn About Resilience From The Special Forces

    Mental Strength What You Can Learn About Resilience From The Special Forces

    Jon Watkins is the co-owner of the multi-award-winning Resilience Development Co. and former special forces soldier. A specialist resilience and transformation coach who develops the skills and behaviours that enable people and teams to perform, adapt and thrive during periods of high pressure, change and uncertainty.

    In today’s episode I chat with Jon Watkins a resilience and transformation coach and a former special forces soldier.  Jon shares insights into some challenges that he overcame in the military and the importance of mindset.  Goal setting is introduced, concepts such as self-leadership, natural resilience, adaptive resilience and psychological safety we also touch on and a lot more.  Enjoy tuning in!

    Key Learning Points:

    • The selection process in the special forces produced likeminded mentally and physically robust individuals who shared collective goals and went on to create a fantastic environment to work in.
    • Self-leadership was a huge part of the special forces.
    • My comfort zone was pushed to its maximum.
    • When considering goal setting, relating it back to your values is essential.
    • Chunking down your goals is a skill that anyone can develop.
    • Mental Toughness is built around that perseverance, never giving up element to it and being disciplined to live through your values.
    • Resilience in general is about bouncing back.
    • Natural resilience is the resilience that we’re born with.
    • Adaptive resilience is heavily influenced by our environment.

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    Ep123: Richard Dorney – Supporting People: What Can You Learn About Resilience From The Military

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    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

    Search Our Sports Psychology Website

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      What Can You Learn About Resilience From The Military

      EP 123 Episode Cover Richard Dorney

      Supporting People: What Can You Learn About Resilience From The Military

      Richard Dorney

      Richard Dorney served in the British Army as an infantry soldier and as an officer for almost 39 years. He served in Northern Ireland (6 tours) the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was responsible for establishing the British Army Trauma Risk Management programme which he rolled out across the Army. He was the Chief of Staff in the Army Recovery Capability, the organisation responsible for managing the recovery of wounded injured and sick personnel. 

      Richard is a graduate of the UK Intermediate Command and Staff College. He is the Director of Strongmind Resiliency Training, a company that works to improve mental health support trauma management and resilience mainly in public sector organisations exposed to stress and trauma. Richard and his team worked to train and support UK healthcare professionals during the pandemic and many other first response organisations. He holds an MSc in War and Psychiatry from Kings College London, was made MBE in 2008 and was admitted to the Order of St John of Jerusalem. 

      In today’s episode I speak to Richard Dorney MBE.  Richard served in the military for almost 39 years and has a wealth of experience in dealing with high stress situations.  He’s now the Director of Strongmind Resiliency Training, a company that works to improve mental health support, trauma management and resilience mainly in public sector organisations exposed to stress and trauma.  Richard goes on to share his background and lessons that he’s learned.  We discuss resilience development and leadership in the military, Trauma risk management (TRIM) in the military and in healthcare and corporate settings.  

      Key Learning Points:

      • Resilience is not innate, it isn’t just something you have, you can develop it.
      • The mission comes first in the military.
      • There is a focus on the preservation of quality, power and capability. The military does very well in understanding it’s people and their capabilities.
      • Leadership in the military is very good, they invest a great deal of time and effort training leaders at every stage of their leadership development.
      • Peer support is a vital component when dealing with Trauma.
      • A strong mind is about mental resilience, robustness, thinking, attitude and behaviour. 
      • A fundamental key of a strong mind is self-awareness.
      • Psychologically informed, empathetic and compassionate leadership is vital when managing people.

      Connect with Richard Dorney MBE

      LinkedIn

      Website 

      Connect with David Charlton

      Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

      Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

      Other Useful Podcast Episodes

      Ep065: Dr Amy Izycky – Encouraging Mentally Healthy Cultures in Sport

      Ep066: Marilyn Okoro – Mental Health and Resilience: Lessons from an Olympic Medalist

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      Ep113: Polly Brennan – The Relationship Between Mental Fitness, Mental Health and Mental Toughness

      Ep114: Tim Bradshaw – Because I Can – How To Get Out Of Your Own Way 

      Other Useful Resources linked to Mental Health

      Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

      Blog – 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

      Blog – How to Find Your Why 

      Blog – Mental Health Guidance for Coaches When Supporting Athletes

      IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

      SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

      Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      David Charlton

      Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

      Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

      Popular Categories

      Join Our Online Community Now!

      Mental Edge Newsletter

      Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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