1.08 – EPM Sidecast – Where’s your head at? – with Rugby Coach Weekly

In our first ever EightyPercentMental Sidecast, Dr Pete and Hugh take over the Rugby Coach Weekly podcast. You don’t have to be into rugby to enjoy this one though! Hugh is asking the questions, while Pete, and guests, Ross Shand and Dr Andrew Wood discuss how they would solve real-life problems. The catch? They don’t know what the questions are going to be, and they each have to give a different answer, based on their knowledge, experience, and ability to make things up quickly.

How did we come up with this great idea? We didn’t. Dan Cottrell from Rugby Coach Weekly runs this same “Haunted House” process with coaches – a great way to challenge and develop practice – so we teamed up, and this EPM Sidecast is the result. Enjoy – and then go check out the RCW podcast!

  • Rugby Coach Weekly podcast on Twitter: @RugbyCoachWeek
  • Ross Shand on Twitter: @RossShand
  • Dr Andrew Wood on Twitter: @Woodington89
  • Dan Cottrell on Twitter: @Dan_Cottrell

1.07 How do we set goals that really stick?

Dr Pete and Hugh find out everything we need to know about setting goals by talking with performance psychologist for British Para-Swimming, Charlotte Hinchliffe, and chartered sport and exercise psychologist Hannah Brooks. In this episode, we discuss what setting goals actually does for us, talk about some of the reasons that we often find goals so hard to stick to, and think about how athletes and teams set goals that really work for them.

1.06 – Is confidence overrated?

Dr Pete and Hugh explore the importance of confidence. In this episode, we interview two athletes: Britain’s number 1 shot putter and World Championship finalist, Sophie Mckinna, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver medallist (Para Powerlifting) and Crohn’s disease warrior, Ali Jawad. We get some fascinating insights into what confidence means to them, how they build and maintain confidence when things don’t go according to plan, and the important role that psychologists and coaches can have in making or breaking confidence when it matters.

EPM Extras – Anxiety

Welcome to EPM Extras! In this mini-podcast episode, you can hear some of the extra bits from Episode 1.05, where Dr Pete and Hugh asked Dr Josie Perry and Jo Davies why we get nervous and what we should do about it. If you’ve listened to that episode already, you know what else you’re going to find here too!

1.05 – Why do we get nervous and what should we do about it?

In this highly competitive and somewhat musical episode of EightyPercentMental, we talk with Dr Josephine Perry, a sport psychologist who literally wrote the book on Performing under Pressure, and Jo Davies, who runs a private practice consultancy focusing on sport psychology, wellbeing, and personal development. We try to get to the bottom of why it is that we get nervous, what anxiety actually is, and what we can do to manage nerves when they become unhelpful for performance.

1.04 – Who is the Mental GOAT? Part II

The Mental GOAT conversation continues. In Part II, we talk more about the qualities that make up mental ‘greatness’ – whatever that is – and how we can develop them in practice.  With Dr Chelsi Day, a specialist in clinical psychology at ‘The’ Ohio State University, Todd Cauthorn, ex-professional Basketball player, and Dr Leah Washington a professor of Sports Medicine and Sport Psychology, whose favourite colour is glitter. 

1.03 – Who is the Mental GOAT?

This week, Dr Pete and Hugh are joined by Dr Chelsi Day, Sport Psychologist at ‘The’ Ohio State University, Todd Cauthorn, ex-professional Basketball player, and Dr Leah Washington, a professor of Sports Medicine and Sport Psychology. In this episode we try to determine, once and for all, who – mentally speaking anyway – is the greatest athlete of all time…. Who is the Mental GOAT? 


1.02 – Is there such a thing as a winning mindset?

We talk to Prof. Dave Collins, Director at Grey Matters Performance Ltd., about the idea of a ‘winning mindset’. Dave has worked with over 70 World or Olympic medalists, coached to national level in three sports, is a 5th Dan black belt in Karate, and an ex Royal Marine – and that’s not even the half of it! 

In this episode, we explore the concept of the ‘winning mindset’ and what such a thing might actually consist of. We talk about whether personality might play a role, the importance of context, and whether or not we can learn to exhibit a winning mentality. 

1.01 – What is sport psychology anyway?

In this episode, Dr Pete Olusoga & Hugh Gilmore talk to Dr Jonathan Fader, a clinical and performance psychologist, best known for his work in Major League Baseball and the NFL. We discuss what sport psychology is (and what it isn’t), and some of the ways that psychology might help athletes and coaches take their performance to the next level. 

Dr. Fader is the co-founder of Union Square Practice, a mental health centre, and SportStrata, a performance coaching group, located in New York City, and is the author of Life as Sport

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