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High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 4 – Lasting the Distance

Guest Speaker: Chris Brady, Specialist Sports Physiotherapist
Date: 20th June
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Queensland Sports Medicine Centre, Woolloongabba
Mental Notes Consulting has combined with their partners to bring you a series of High Performance workshops across South East Queensland in 2016.  The series will cover topics designed to help you to reach your performance potential in sport, coaching, performing arts, school, work and exercise.  Guest presenters include strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, ex-athletes and staff with elite sport backgrounds and experience.
Each workshop will consist of two 45 minute sessions during which a guest speaker and Mental Notes Consulting’s Australian Sport Psychologist will present on high performance strategies.
Chris is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist and a principal at Queensland Sports Medicine Centre.  He has worked for a […]

High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 3 – The Brain-Body Connection

Guest Speaker: Dr Kerrie Evans from Allsports Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine, Gold Coast
Date: 19th May
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Allsports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, Southport
Mental Notes Consulting has combined with their partners to bring you a series of High Performance workshops across South East Queensland in 2016. The series will cover topics designed to help you to reach your performance potential in sport, coaching, performing arts, school, work and exercise. Guest presenters include strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, ex-athletes and staff with elite sport backgrounds and experience.
Each workshop will consist of two 45 minute sessions during which a guest speaker and Mental Notes Consulting’s Australian Sport Psychologist will present on high performance strategies.
In the third workshop of the series, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Dr […]

Keep a Training Diary to Build Self-Confidence

We spend most of our time working with individuals and teams and we’ve learnt that keeping a training diary is a sure way to build self-confidence.

Our team developed a training diary to assist with improving the quality of training and competitive performances.

The MNC Training Diary is an essential tool for anyone who wants to gain the most they can, both physically and mentally, from their training.

We have been getting some enquiries about the features of our Training Diary so we’ve updated the shop with more details.  Here are the greatest hits for its features…

MNC Training Diary features:

No set dates.  No wasted pages. Start it whenever you like and use it for whatever time period you like.
It consists of the […]

A Future Without Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a complex condition that requires a holistic treatment approach.  As psychologists who specialise in sport and performance we are passionate about working as a team and we understand what is needed to work closely with allied health professionals in complementing their physical treatment plan for patients suffering chronic pain.
Our Approach

We emphasise treating the whole person with pain rather than the pain itself.
We teach psychological skills and coping strategies to help individuals become healthy, optimistic, and resilient people.
We are committed to being a leading provider of performance psychology services in all life areas as we believe training your brain is as valuable as training your body.

Our Goals

To enhance health-related quality of life.
To reduce dependency on potentially addictive pain […]

Bouncing Back from Injury

The brain plays an important and often overlooked role in pain and injury.  Here are five things you can do to train your brain when you are injured…

1. Visualise
The same parts of your brain are activated when you imagine doing an activity as when you actually do the activity.  Studies show that athletes who use visualisation perform better than those who don’t, when other variables are taken into account.  The key with visualisation is to make the image as real as possible and to practise, practise, practise!  That way you can continue to train even when you can’t get on the field!  Visualising a successful return to sport can also assist with building confidence and managing self-doubt, particularly with […]

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 […]

Support Required!

Not enough has been written by those in the sports industry (me included) about the support that is required for all of us who support the athletes to perform at their best on and off the track.  Sport psychologists tend to work primarily with the athlete directly, and therefore the marketing of sport psychology services typically focuses on what can be done to enhance an athlete’s performance.  However, this is an extremely uni-dimensional and isolating approach to athletic performance.  All human endeavours require a team effort, and the team that supports the athlete requires support to ensure that they are also performing at their best and contributing their maximum output.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase, which is literally […]

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 […]

London Gets Sport Psyched Twice

We are excited to share that we are now open for individual sport psychology consultations at two locations in central London!

I am  the sport psychologist leading the charges in London and it’s fair to say that I work best with serious athletes who are  genuinely interested in maximising their performance.  In short, I work best with ‘doers’.

Here are the two locations for you to book in to work with me:

THE INSTITUTE OF SPORT EXERCISE & HEALTH
170 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7HA
T +44 203 447 2800
www.iseh.co.uk

THE PORTOBELLO CLINIC
12 Raddington Road
London W10 5TG
T +44 208 962 0635
www.portobelloclinic.com

I look forward to working with loads of athletes who want learn psychological skills and strategies to help them perform when it counts!

You can contact me […]

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 […]