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

Managing burnout: Lessons from elite sport coaches.


Burnout tends to happen as a result of long-term stress in a situation or job that, for whatever reason, you’re highly committed to. So the more you care about your work, the more likely you are to experience burnout.

Burnout has three major characteristics: emotional and physical exhaustion, a cynical attitude towards people and relationships at work, and a feeling that you are no longer accomplishing anything worthwhile. Sound familiar?

Whatever you do, don’t screw up! Why avoiding failure is ultimately damaging.


Just before England began their EURO 2016 campaign, England midfielder, James Milner, said that it was vital for his team to avoid losing their first match against Russia if they were to do well in the tournament. You might take from this that the team would be focused on doing well in their opening game.

Makes sense. But did Milner’s statement actually reveal an underlying attitude that could really hinder a team as they progress (or don’t) through major competitions.

Preparing effectively for the BIG competitions.

“It’s just like any other game!” – How many times have you heard someone say that?

Maybe you’re a coach who’s said it to players before an important match. Maybe you’re an athlete who’s heard it from teammates or coaches who are trying to make things as normal as possible in the build up to a big competition. “If we do what we normally do, we’ll be alright.” And you know what, in certain circumstances, yup, that works fine.

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