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Team & Group Dynamics

To Measure or Not to Measure: Using psychological assessment in sport

As mentioned in an earlier blog, I attended The Sport Performance Summit in mid November in London.  One of the workshops that I attended focused on the relevance and use of psychological assessments in sport.

Whilst there is definitely not a ‘one size fits all approach’ it’s worth debating the use and relevance of psychological measures for sport performance.  There are a variety of measures that you can use.  If you’re a coach or high performance director in a sporting organisation, here are five categories that you may consider asking your sport psychologist to use with your athletes.

Personality measures such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Insights, or Lumina Spark are the personality measures that most often get used in teams.  These […]

Articulate Value-Driven Behaviours for Elite Team Performance

I attended The Sport Performance Summit in London at the Emirates Stadium last week and over the two days there were many pieces of information that have stimulated new thought and action as well as information that consolidated our current thought and action.

Many of the attendees and content presenters were members of the ‘team behind the team’ across elite sporting clubs and organisations from around the world.  One of the themes was how leaders get their teams to work together to create successful performance.  It was not only a consistent theme, but also one with consistent messages that were shared by the professionals leading high performing teams.

There were professionals from a variety of performance domains – sport, hospitality, military, […]

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 […]

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 […]

What will you learn? Psychological skills, strategies, & charactertistics targeted when working with a sport and performance psychologist at Mental Notes Consulting

What do we do?

One thing we do is we teach psychological skills and strategies to assist and optimise people’s performance.  This skills and strategies help to build psychological characteristics associated with success, health, and happiness!

When each of the psychologists was asked to put a list together of the ‘top ten skills they most often train’, this is what we came up with… It was too difficult to construct one list of ten for the team as we all have our own professional strengths and interests, so there are nearly thirty psychological skills, strategies, and characteristics!

Goal Setting | Commitment
Performance Planning & Reviews
Concentration | Attention | Refocusing
Arousal Management | Activation | Energisation
Emotional Management
Value-Driven Behaviour-Committed Action
Cognitive Restructuring
Ideal Performance State – ‘A Game’
Breathing Techniques […]

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.

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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

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

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Looking for a Sport Psychologist in Perth, Western Australia?

We have the West covered!

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