If you’re interested in the mental side of sport performance, this is the podcast for you. Whether you’re an athlete, a coach, a sport psychology professional, or even just a sports fan, Dr Pete Olusoga and Hugh Gilmore will answer all the questions you could possibly have about the role of the mind in sport performance.
Is there such a thing as a winning mindset and if so, where can I get one? Why do we get nervous, and what should we do about it? What’s the deal with mindfulness?
Pete and Hugh – with the help of some special guests – will ask and answer questions like these, exploring what the research says, and highlighting lessons from sport psychology that you can use on and off the field.
Dr Peter Olusoga
Eighty Percent Mental Host, Senior Lecturer, Sport Psych Consultant
Pete is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a Sport Psychology consultant with over 15 years’ experience. His current research focuses on stress, burnout and wellbeing in sports, with a particular interest in high-performance environments and elite coaching. In addition to research, Dr Olusoga is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is an active sport psychology consultant.
“Sport psychology is all about helping athletes to use their greatest weapon. When you get to certain level, everybody has talent and everyone has skill. So the thing that separates the great from the good is the ability to understand what’s going on between your ears and to use that to your advantage.”
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Hugh set up his consultancy, Podium Psychology, in 2012 and is recognised for his ability to take the science of psychology and make it consumable and applied. Having published his undergraduate and MSc research, he became more interested in doing performance psychology in performance environments. His background as a coach and coach developer in the GAA and Weightlifting, and as psychologist working with Paralympic/Olympic athletes and world champions allows him to give an experienced insight of real world performance applications of psychology.
Hugh’s approach to psychology is influenced by his love of critical thinking and training in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Hugh is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and regularly trains people who are looking to develop razor sharp communication skills in the performance environment.
“If someone can’t tell you the risks and contraindications of what they are asking you to do then they most likely don’t know what they are talking about, and you will only find that out if you are brave enough to question them.”
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