Sports Psychology

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Recovering from disappointment in sport

Athletes Tasha Danvers and Greg Rutherford, along with BBC Sport commentator Paul Dickenson, talk about the importance of staying focused on your goals and explain how to get back on track and recover from disappointment when things go wrong. Discuss how performers cope in the immediate aftermath of a disappointment. How do performers respond in the longer term - re-evaluating, setting new goals, building mental strength?

What makes a sports champion?

Four different sporting champions discuss what is needed to be the very best. Cyclist Nicole Cooke, sailor Ben Ainslie, cricketer Claire Taylor and swimmer David Roberts talk about their sporting achievements and how they became champions. Discuss the following: how 'the greats' motivate themselves to performance beyond what anyone (including perhaps the athlete) believes possible; performing under pressure and what makes a sporting hero - not necessarily the elite or extravagantly gifted.

The importance of mental attitude in Sport
Top sports people discuss the importance of mental attitude along with physical ability in sport. Includes input from psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Olympic gold medallist and President of UK Athletics Lynn Davies, rugby player Ryan Jones, athlete Tasha Danvers and gymnast Louis Smith. Discuss how performers get into the right mental state before a game, controlling nerves in sport and in life, dealing with failure - moving on in a positive state.

What can sport do for you?

Sporting icons including Ben Ainslie, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Tasha Danvers and Ian McGeechan talk about the skills and values they have gained through their involvement with sport.

Team Spirit: What makes a successfull team?

Rugby players Clive Woodward and Ryan Jones, cyclist Dave Brailsford, footballer Matt Jones and athlete Tasha Danvers give insights into what makes a successful team. What brings a team together and what makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Discuss the characteristics of a good team, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Factors that bring a team of (possibly disparate) individuals together. Selflessness v selfishness, how individuals look after their own performance while working for team mates.

Coaching the individual

Two coaches and the athletes they train - gymnasts Paul Hall and Louis Smith and swimmers Bill Furniss and Rebecca Adlington - explain how you go about developing a successful coach and athlete relationship. Discuss: the key function of a coach; coach/performer compatibility and how this is attained; how a coach develops a vision for an individual athlete and develops a way of working to achieve that. How important is it for coaches to understand their athletes' personal life? Stresses and pressures.

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