Transitioning to the new normal – advice for athletes

As athletes across Australia prepare for a return to training, here are some considerations to smooth your psychological transition. Going back to the new normal After spending several weeks training on your own and interacting with coaches via video calls, the prospect of getting back to some semblance of normality is exciting. However, our mentalContinue reading “Transitioning to the new normal – advice for athletes”

Why kids quit sport… and how to stop them

Youth sport is a subject close to my heart. As a parent of three school-age children, participation in organised sporting activities is already a big part of life. We like to think that encouraging participation now is laying the foundations for an active lifestyle throughout school and participation for many years beyond. Unfortunately, the researchContinue reading “Why kids quit sport… and how to stop them”

Beyond dualism for improved mental health

In the early 1600’s the French philosopher Descartes argued in his thesis on mind-body dualism that the nature of the mind is completely different from that of the body. This distinction that the mind is somehow separate from the body – despite it being a 400 year old idea – still pervades today, not leastContinue reading “Beyond dualism for improved mental health”

Designing leadership development that works

How much of our attitudes to development and self-improvement are centred around the concept of feeling good or feeling better? Ask a room full of leaders about their biggest challenges and ‘difficult conversations’ will inevitably make the list. When you ask them what improvements they want to make in this area, they will list thingsContinue reading “Designing leadership development that works”

Ways to improve your mental health

Mental health is a critical part of overall health and yet is so often described by the absence of illness. Ask people what mental health is and they’ll likely say something like ‘less anxiety or depression’. This is like describing physical health as the absence of a broken leg – it’s not wrong, but it’s notContinue reading “Ways to improve your mental health”

Psychology and high performance sport

Psychology support has become a common, and important, element of the high-performance sport environment. Psychologists essentially perform two critical roles. First, they help athletes and teams develop strategies and skills to perform as close to their full potential when it matters most. Second, they help people within the sport environment (often, but not exclusively, athletes)Continue reading “Psychology and high performance sport”