Mindfulness and ACT in Sport: Helping Athletes Perform Better

Mindfulness and ACT in Sport: Helping Athletes Perform Better

By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

  • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
  • Maintain positive mental health
  • Compete with confidence more often
  • Manage your emotions better
  • Improve your commitments levels

David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations.

In this short solo episode, I explain 5 reasons why you should look in more detail at the use of mindfulness and ACT in sport.  How and why this approach goes on to free up mental space in your mind to enable you to perform better.  I also summarise how Mindfulness and ACT can be used in harmony to develop a more mentally tough individual.

5 Key Benefits of Mindfulness and ACT 

  1. This approach can help you become a more psychologically flexible person.
  2. It helps you gain a bigger picture perspective on life and sport, recognising that perfection does not exist and that mistakes, losses or negative experiences are inevitable.
  3. Mindfulness and ACT can help you trust your skills more.
  4. The methods help to decrease your levels of stress.
  5. Mindfulness and ACT can safeguard you against being bullied.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep013: Karl Morris – How to stay present like a major champion

Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

Ep099: Trevor Jones – How to Deal with Overthinking on the Golf Course

Ep124: Dr Keagan Hadley – Long Term Injuries: How to Confront Difficult Thoughts and Emotions

EP136: Charlotte Potts – Overcoming Tough Times in Professional Women’s Football and Bouncing Back Stronger

Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Using ACT and Mindfulness to Improve Your Sporting Performances

Why You Should Meditate To Improve Your Sport Performance?

How to Overcome Mental Challenges When Rock Climbing 

How to Play Great Golf Under Pressure

5 Tips to Help You Perform Fearlessly When You Compete



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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. 

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