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Train Your Brain

One of my favourite sayings is, “If you can train your body you can train your brain.”  For me, this phrase sums up what we do as sport psychologists.  It was once believed that the brain could not be trained or changed; in other words, you were stuck with the brain you were born with.  The good news is there is now evidence that supports the idea that the brain can reorganise itself to think more effectively and can compensate for weaknesses or injury.

How do you train your brain?
Think of your brain like a muscle.  Neurons are like the muscle fibres of the brain and create pathways that contribute to thinking patterns and behaviours.  Pathways are developed over time […]

Lasting the Distance

We have witnessed a number of incredible feats of courage and outstanding performance over the past few weeks with athletes overcoming incredible odds to achieve at the pinnacle of their sport.  One highlight was Dennis Kimetto’s world record at the Berlin Marathon and the toughness shown as always, throughout both the AFL and NRL finals series.  This weekend is Bathurst 1000, where the stage is set for more incredible feats of courage in what is arguably the most gruelling event of the V8 Supercars calendar.

What drives these performers to push human limits and overcome pain and fatigue barriers to achieve extraordinary results?

According to Angela Lee Duckworth, the answer is a simple four-letter word, grit.  Duckworth describes grit as passion […]

How to Make Success out of Failure

Football player Mia Hamm is often credited with the quote, “Success breeds success”.  On most occasions this principle is seen to be true.  If you are successful, you begin to think more confidently, feel more confident, and perform more confidently, resulting in increased likelihood of success, which makes you think more confidently…and so on.

But what about failure?  Does this principle mean that if you fail you are doomed to a never-ending cycle of failure leading to dented confidence, increased anxiety, and underperforming under pressure?

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are three ways to turn failure into success and short-circuit the cycle of failure before it becomes a habit:

1. Be optimistic
Optimistic people view […]

Mental Health in Sport

While media watching recently I couldn’t help but notice the number of high profile past and present Australian athletes publicly sharing their battles with mental health issues.  From the perspective of a psychologist working in the sports industry, this is certainly not news to me.  But it has me wondering, is the concept of elite level athletes being vulnerable to mental health difficulties news to the general public?  At this point I really tuned in to hear the responses of the wider community and what followed was a barrage of statements indicating that most believe elite athletes are immune to mental health difficulties.

Dispelling the myths – Athletes are humans too!
Traditional support structures for elite athletes are based around managing […]

Unite in the Quest for Success!

Watching the Australian cricket team take a clean sweep over England in the recent Ashes series I couldn’t help but notice some impressive team dynamics.  In the field players would support each other with hi-fives or pats on the back regularly (almost after every ball).  There were great celebrations at every wicket.  At the crease upon each fifty or century the group were attentive, stood up, and applauded the achievement.  In press conferences Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann had no hesitation to praise the efforts of their team rather than focusing too much on the result.  The team song that came out on the pitch after the final test was a great indication they had worked hard on establishing […]

Looking for a Sport Psychologist in London – United Kingdom?

If you are looking for a sport psychologist to work with in London, call Dr Andrea Furst on 0744 744 7549 and she will organise an appointment with you!

Check our her bio on the Mental Notes Consulting website.

And, check out her LinkedIn profile.

If you have any questions prior to booking your appointment please email us on info@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au.

Looking for a Sport Psychologist in Singapore?

If you are looking for a sport psychologist to work with in Singapore, call Singapore Sports Medicine Centre on 6737 1000 and they will be able to book you an appointment with Dr Jay-Lee Longbottom!

Singapore Sports Medicine Centre provides a variety of collaborative sports medicine services in the same location, which is truly unique to Singapore… A ‘one stop shop’!

Singapore Sports Medicine Centre
10 Sinaran Drive
#08-08 Novena Medical Center
Singapore 307 506
www.ssmc.sg

Located in the swish Novena Medical Center where there is ample undercover parking and lift access.

If you have any questions prior to booking your appointment please email us on info@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au.

Looking for a Sport Psychologist in Perth, Western Australia?

We have the West covered!

If you are looking for a sport psychologist to work with in Perth contact us on info@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au.

Looking for a Sport Psychologist on the Gold Coast, Queensland – Australia?

If you are looking for a sport psychologist to work with on the Gold Coast, call Allsports Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine on 5528 2666 and they will be able to book you an appointment with us!

Allsports Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine is the home to one of the board members, Dr Kerrie Evans, of the World Scientific Congress of Golf.

Allsports Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine
5/102 Queen Street
Southport 4215
www.allsportsphysio.com.au

Access via Queen Street and there is parking available directly out the front of the clinic.

If you have any questions prior to booking your appointment please email us on info@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au.

Looking for a Sport Psychologist on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – Australia?

The love of applied sport psychology started for us on the Sunshine Coast!

If you are looking for a sport psychologist to work with on the Sunshine Coast contact us on info@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au.