Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE

EP 191 Episode Cover Dr. Jim Afremow

Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE Dr. Jim Afremow is a much sought-after mental skills coach, licensed professional counselor, and the author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive (Rodale, 2014), The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite (Rodale, 2016) , and The Young Champion’s Mind: How to Think, …

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What Is Sports Psychology and How It Can Help You

What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You

What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You Today’s episode #157 of Demystifying Mental Toughness is where my colleagues at Inspiring Sporting Excellence, Olivia Scott, Aditi Gandhi, Tom Short and Alexandra Harper all share what they feel Sports Psychology is and what Sports Psychology is not.  I hope you enjoy listening to their …

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30 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

30 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance Welcome to episode #150 of Demystifying Mental Toughness! This is the first part of four specially created episodes to celebrate reaching 150 episodes. The episode is hugely insightful with a number of our guests to date, sharing many fantastic takeaways.  The messages come from different angles where a mental …

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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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Helpful Podcast Episodes

Ep093: Dan Abrahams – How to Overcome Mental Blocks in Football

Ep102: 30 Mental Game Secrets to Improve Your Soccer

Ep105: Hannah Bromley – Overcoming Psychological Challenges in Professional Women’s Football

Ep111: Michael Caulfield – How to be an Effective Sports Psychologist in Elite Professional Football

Ep125: Jack Hicks-Flynn – How is Psychology used in Professional Football Clubs

Other Useful Resources

Blog – A Common Mental Game Error Many Footballers Make

Blog 5 Coaching Tips to Develop Mentally Tough Footballers

Blog: 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog: Supporting a Professional Footballer during Challenging Times

Case Study – Supporting a Young Footballer to Overcome his Fears

Library – Soccer Psychology | Mental Skills for Football

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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 is Psychology used in Professional Football Clubs

    EP 125 Episode Cover Jack Hicks-Flynn

    How is Psychology used in Professional Football Clubs

    Jack Hicks-Flynn

    Jack Hicks-Flynn, CPsychol, is a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology, as well as the professional Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Jack is the Lead Sport Psychologist at Portsmouth Football Club and specialises in the delivery of psychological provision to professional and amateur athletes of all ages and backgrounds, with the aim of improving performance and personal wellbeing.

    Additionally, Jack works extensively in high-performance settings in both the sporting and corporate domains, notably, he has recently started consulting to West Ham United FC where he looks to combine his passion football and psychology in the Premier League.

    Today I chat with HCPC Registered Sport Psychologist, Jack Hicks-Flynn about his love for the profession.  He goes on to offer helpful insights into to the role of a sport psychologist in professional football clubs, drawing on experiences of working as an applied practitioner and a researcher in Southampton FC, Luton Town FC, Portsmouth FC and West Ham United FC. 

    We go on to discuss the complexity of our role, cultural beliefs in football, common misconceptions about the role of sport psychology, we also chat about interpersonal confidence and the importance of it in a football environment and a lot more.    

    What You Will Learn In This Episode: 

    • It is vital to gain a deep understanding of the football club values and culture.
    • A sport psychologist spends time on the pitch working collaboratively with coaches to improve players.   
    • Building relationships with the multi disciplinary team (MDT) is essential.
    • Jack highlights the 3 R’S, rapport, relationships and respect as important aspects to succeed in the role.
    • He helps players raise their level of self-awareness so that they have the ability to think more flexibly in different situations (psychological flexibility).
    • Players have to deal with selection biases, relationships with coaches, parental influences, contractual issues, agents which can have a huge impact on their experience within the sport.
    • It’s ok to be vulnerable at times which culturally go against what people consider mental toughness to be.
    • Statistics are a vital part of football, tracking distance covered, walking distance etc, however how this is communicated with individual players is vital unless confidence can be eroded.
    • It’s worth considering that statistics can provoke comparisons with other players and a level of toxicity.
    • Mental health screenings, mental health action plans and a clear referral process is vital in clubs.

    Connect with Jack Hicks-Flynn:

    Website

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    Connect with David Charlton

    Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

    Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

    Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

    Helpful Podcast Episodes

    Ep027: Natalie Henderson – How to Develop Mental Toughness with Young Footballers

    Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

    Ep096: Gary Curneen – Developing Mentally Strong Footballers

    Ep102: 30 Mental Game Secrets to Improve Your Soccer

    Ep105: Hannah Bromley – Overcoming Psychological Challenges in Professional Women’s Football

    Ep111: Michael Caulfield – How to be an Effective Sports Psychologist in Elite Professional Football 

    Other Useful Resources 

    Blog – A Common Mental Game Error Many Footballers Make

    Blog – Coach Development: Helping Athletes Overcome Fear of Failure

    Blog – 5 Tips to Help You Perform Fearlessly When You Compete

    Case Study – Supporting a Young Footballer to Overcome his Fears

    Library – Soccer Psychology | Mental Skills for Football

    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.

      We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

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