How To Help Professional Rugby Players Perform Better Under Pressure #BITESIZE

EP 224 Episode Cover Aaron Walsh

How To Help Professional Rugby Players Perform Better Under Pressure #BITESIZE

Aaron Walsh

Aaron Walsh, otherwise known as “Walshy” is an experienced Performance Coach. His main areas of focus are developing leadership, culture and mental performance programs for teams. Currently working with Chiefs in Super Rugby as well as consulting to Harlequins, Scottish Rugby, Texas Rangers and Basketball New Zealand.  Aaron has worked in MLB, NRL and with various national teams.  He is also currently coaching multiple corporate leadership teams in creating and maintaining a high performance working environments.  He is sought after and highly regarded presenter that is comfortable in both sporting and corporate environments.

In episode #171 of the Demystifying Mental Toughness, former Professional Australian Rugby League player and now an inspiring speaker and personal trainer, David Lindsay talks to me about ways you can improve your vitality to improve your chances of success.  We also touch on Mental Toughness in a Professional Rugby League as well as discussing the psychological side to martial arts.

Key Learning Points:

  • When you are smaller than others learning to play to and improve your strengths is important.
  • “The mental game beats the physical game every day.”
  • You can control yourself not your opponent, so don’t waste time focusing too much on them.
  • Mental Toughness in a Rugby League setting is all about your ability to keep moving forwards despite pressures that exist.
  • A bigger picture mentality without too much emotion is necessary to perform at the peak of your powers.
  • To psych yourself up, consider energising music or rituals like the All Blacks “Haka.”
  • Visualisation and self-talk are other useful tools to improve your energy and intensity levels.
  • Ensuring you look after yourself with adequate rest and recovery is essential to raise your vitality.

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Ep015: Nick Grantham – Essential Elements of Rest and Recovery

Ep106: Amy Rowlinson – Why is knowing my WHY important?

Ep112: David Charlton – How to Deal with Physical Insecurities as a Young Athlete

Ep134: David Charlton – Observations: 3 Things That Stop You Achieving Your Goals

EP138: Nick Littlehales – Why do the Mentally Tough see Sleep and Recovery as Important

4 Relevant blogs

Blog: How To Play Well When You Aren’t Feeling Great

Blog: Mental Preparation for Combat Sports

Blog: Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?

Blog: Helping Young Rugby Players Mentally Prepare Before Matches

3 Valuable resources

Understanding yourself better – The 4Ts.  Timing, Thoughts, Tension and Temperature

Combat Sports Psychology Library

Rugby Psychology Library

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David Charlton

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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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    How to Create a Culture of High Performance in Professional Rugby Union

    EP 161 Episode Cover Paul Phillips

    How to Create a Culture of High Performance in Professional Rugby Union

    Paul Phillips | Founding Member, Board of Advisors: High-Performance Rugby Union | Coach Educator | Performance Rugby Consultant | Performance Coach Author.

    With more than 17-years experience working with players, coaches, clubs, regions and organisations – as a Performance Coach, Educator and Consultant. With purpose, to positively influence growth, in many forms, to achieve individual and team development, progress, and success.

    In episode #161 I chat with Author, Coach Educator and Performance Rugby Consultant, Paul Phillips.  We discuss his experiences of developing high performance cultures in professional rugby.  Paul also shares some research on tackling and how to overcome fears with helpful triggers as well as other fascinating insights.

    Key Learning Points:

    • In Rugby at the lower levels fear is very prominent.
    • Establishing values and behaviours that are coupled with a vision for the team and club is an essential part of culture development.
    • Why can’t we generate behaviours before thoughts and emotions?
    • James Clear’s two-minute rule in the book Atomic Habits is a good way to start to develop habitual behaviours.
    • The size of the opponent in rugby can be a big factor in activating fear.
    • Visual, kinaesthetic and auditory cues and triggers are helpful in dealing with fear when tackling.
    • Using metaphors such as images of animals or superhero’s is a helpful trigger for adults and children.
    • The development of positive relationships between players and coaches is a hallmark of high performing teams.
    • Extrinsic environments are rife largely down to the way messages are communicated from senior staff and coaches in clubs and organisations.
    • Too much focus on external factors results in lower emotional control.

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    Book: How to Create Culture: In Rugby Union

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    To Listen to Rugby Orientated Podcast Episodes

    Ep039: John Fletcher – How to Develop Fearless Athletes

    Ep094: Professor Adam Nicholls – How to Develop Mentally Strong Rugby Players

    Ep104: Seb De Chaves –  The Psychological Demands of Elite Professional Rugby

    Ep127: Paul Trainor – The Application of Mental Toughness Training in Elite Professional Rugby League

    EP147: Aaron Walsh – The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

    Ep153: Rugby Psychology Compilation – 25 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

    Helpful Rugby Orientated Resources

    Blog – Overthinking on the Rugby Pitch

    Blog – Are You A Rugby Player With Perfectionist Tendencies?

    Case Study – Supporting a Rugby Player to Overcome Self-Doubt

    Blog – Playing Rugby at Your Best Under Pressure

    Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

    Rugby Psychology | Mental Skills for Rugby Resources

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    David Charlton

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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. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

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      Rugby Psychology: 25 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

      Rugby Psychology 25 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

      Rugby Psychology: 25 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance Welcome to episode #153 of Demystifying Mental Toughness.  This is the final part of four specially created episodes to celebrate reaching 150 episodes!   This time the episode is created with rugby enthusiasts in mind where the great guests that have been interviewed on the show to date, and

      The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

      The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

      The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

      Aaron Walsh

      Aaron Walsh, otherwise known as “Walshy” is an experienced Performance Coach. His main areas of focus are developing leadership, culture and mental performance programs for teams. Currently working with Chiefs in Super Rugby as well as consulting to Harlequins, Scottish Rugby, Texas Rangers and Basketball New Zealand.  Aaron has worked in MLB, NRL and with various national teams.  He is also currently coaching multiple corporate leadership teams in creating and maintaining a high performance working environments.  He is sought after and highly regarded presenter that is comfortable in both sporting and corporate environments.

      In episode #147 I chat with Aaron Walsh, a performance coach for the Chiefs rugby team in New Zealand as well as a consultant to many more elite teams including the Scottish Rugby team.  We chat about his experiences of supporting elite rugby union players, common challenges that players bring to him, perceptions from players and coaches of working on their mental game.  Performance analysis is a topic we touch on too as is culture in elite professional sport. 

      Key Learning Points:

      • We have many amazing athletes who work incredibly hard, I feel it’s a tragedy that they’re not able to actualise that skill and potential because they don’t have the ability to navigate through the emotional and mental side of performance.
      • In my philosophy I treat the mental side as a skill that can be developed.
      • Why hasn’t mental skills been integrated into elite teams is a part of Aaron’s research. The answer is people need educating on the topic.
      • How players respond to mistakes and pressure is an integral part of mental skills training.
      • Psychological safety and well-being need to be talked about cautiously in elite professional sport.
      • Everybody wants to be resilient, but not many know how to build resilience.

      Connect with Aaron Walsh

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      Connect with David Charlton

      Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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      To Listen to Rugby Orientated Podcast Episodes

      Ep029: Lome Faatau – How to Play Professional Rugby with Confidence 

      Ep038: Taz Bricknell – Playing Professional Women’s Rugby 

      Ep039: John Fletcher – How to Develop Fearless Athletes

      Ep104: Seb De Chaves – The Psychological Demands of Elite Professional Rugby

      Ep127: Paul Trainor – The Application of Mental Toughness Training in Elite Professional Rugby League

      Helpful Rugby Orientated Resources

      Blog – Overthinking on the Rugby Pitch

      Blog – Are you a Rugby Player who Focuses Too Much on the Opposition

      Blog – Helping Young Rugby Players Mentally Prepare Before Matches

      Blog – Playing Rugby at Your Best Under Pressure

      Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

      Rugby Psychology | Mental Skills for Rugby Resources

      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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