Mental Toughness In Football: How To Deal With Criticism #BITESIZE

Mental Toughness In Football: How To Deal With Criticism #BITESIZE

Michael Caulfield

Michael Caulfield is one of the most experienced Sports Psychologists in the UK, with over 30 years working in sport, business and academia. After fifteen years as Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), he retrained as a Sports Psychologist after working with that extraordinary group of sportsmen and women. He currently enjoys working across a range of sports, with a big interest in football where he consults in clubs such as Premier League Football team, Brentford FC and has had the good fortune to work with Gareth Southgate, Steve Bruce and Dean Smith.

In today’s short BITE sized episode HCPC Registered Sport Psychologist, Michael Caulfield tells me about the challenges and pressures that elite professional football brings whether you are a manager or player.  He shares his thoughts on what mental toughness is in this environment as well as offering insights into his role as a Sport Psychologist when working with and supporting managers in the English Premier League.

Key Learning Points:

  • Rejection and dealing with losses can be uncomfortable yet is something that we all face.
  • Mental toughness in elite professional football comes in two forms: off the pitch – and being able to deal with the scrutiny and immense criticism that will come your way.  On the pitch it is to have the courage to still want the ball when you or your team is having a difficult time.
  • When working with big names being comfortable in your own skin is essential.

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Helpful Podcast Episodes

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

Ep146: John Nassoori – What Is The Role Of A Sports Psychologist In Football?

Ep151: Compilation – Football Psychology: 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

Ep188: Gary Curneen –  Helping Soccer Coaches Reflect On Their Approach #BITESIZE

Ep209: Felix Lehmann – How To Create Better Decision Makers On The Football Pitch

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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.  

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