mastering the media for athletes

Latest research: Teenage girls, perfectionism and social media

I regularly work with teenage girls who have high levels of perfectionism (a trait where we have incredibly high standards and harsh self-criticism) and find this has become a double edged sword for them. On the one hand it means they set super high goals, they will...

Four ways to use social media to boost wellbeing

A new piece of research (Towards a framework for flourishing through social media: a systematic review of 118 research studies) led by Maya Gudka at London Business School has just been published and it includes some really interesting findings as to how our use of...

The 10 Pillars of Success

Sport psychologist Dr Josephine Perry spends her life working with exceptional performers. She has identified ten psychological pillars that the ultra-successful have ingrained within their approach. And the good news is that we can all learn these mental building...

8 things I loved about the Tokyo Olympics

Dan Walker and Sam Quek on the BBC Coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics I was one of those who was never quite sure the Olympics would happen this year so hadn’t built up excitement – but now it is over I feel sad that cartoons will be back on our screen over breakfast...

Are more athletes struggling with poor mental health – or are they talking about their mental health more?

One of the best things about being a sport psychologist is that every time you watch sport you can class it as CPD and media interview preparation and feel a little bit smug and a little less guilty (because that to do list is always nagging away). So, hands up I’ve...

The impact of media pressure on Olympic Athletes

The modern media environment makes sport a very different experience for athletes. They don't just perform and maybe chat about it afterwards with a journalist. They have to behave with the media in mind at all times. I researched this a few years ago and interviewed...

Social media: Motivator or Monster

I was recently asked by Runners World to talk on their podcast about how runners use social media. I love this subject (and spend far too much time on social media myself) so really enjoyed the chat. I haven’t been brave enough to listen to it yet so don’t know if...

The ten social media mistakes athletes make most often

Social media can have many great uses for athletes. You can keep up with latest advice and research on your sport or training, you can catch up with friends and their news even when you are training and working too many hours to see them in person and it can keep you...

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