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How to handle a stitch

I work a lot with ultra runners and with new runners and something both groups can experience is getting a stitch. It is really annoying and painful so here are some ways to reduce the risk of one appearing, and suggestions on how to handle it if it does. What is a...

Finding purpose

One of the hardest areas I find to work on with athletes is purpose. Why should they care about that when they just want to run fast / score more goals / jump better? But those who do want to figure out there find so many benefits. A powerful purpose gives you a...

Performance Postcards

For every race or challenge we need to enter into it being clear what we want to achieve and remembering all the efforts we have put into achieving that goal. It can really help our confidence. With my clients (and for my own races) we complete these postcards. On the...

Endurance athletes – 13 ways to reduce perception of effort

If you want to be a great athlete then it is essential to train. There are a few short cuts (great coaching to help you be really intentional with what you work on or skills like visualisation to speed up skill acquisition) but mostly it is hard work and a positive,...

New research: Psychological resilience in multi-day challenges…

Lots of sport psychological research takes place in a fairly clinical environments – away from the cut and thrust of sport. It might take place in a lab (on treadmills, turbo trainers or basketball hoops) or by asking people to complete questionnaires or interviews....

New research: How to be a brilliant race supporter

I can still remember running my 10k PB. It was May 2006 and I ran 43:19. I don’t remember it for the speed though. I remember it because I just got through 5k, glanced at my watch and was blown away by how fast (for me) I was. As I looked up I ran past a mum with a...

Mentally rest – perform better

Mental rest is important because it facilitates mental recovery. When we don’t mentally recover our cognitive functioning can become impaired so we make rubbish decisions when performing and long term we risk burnout. It is also important because rest helps in our acquisition of new technical and tactical skills, allowing for the memories of our newly learnt skills to be consolidated in our brain.

Keeping a Training Diary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xWfjIKKknY

Circadian Rhythm for Athletes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XohAqfbpGxc

Free courses in sport, exercise & psychology

When I was a trainee I was also a new mum. I needed to do as much of my learning and development as I could online while my daughter slept. I found some really valuable courses which were completely free. With the lockdown meaning work is quieter than normal I've been...

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