mastering the media for athletes

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...

Handling the media

Tips from retired athletes about dealing with the media

I have recently been researching how Olympic athletes are impacted by the media. I asked ten Olympic athletes, based on their experiences with the media, to give advice to junior athletes just starting out in international competition. The most common and salient...

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