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This blog discusses the latest news applied research, insights, case studies, and interventions aimed at supporting senior male performance support staff.
How To Create True Impact! spiritual intelligence team effectiveness May 02, 2024

This week I'm inviting you into a theoretical case study to highlight a potent area for us to work on to create a profound impact - way and above any new training modality, treatment or tech.

Are you ready!


I'll start by introducing you to a piece of research that highlights one of the key...

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Are You Stuck in Your Head? calming your anxiety present Dec 12, 2023

This week we continue the series on the top 7 most common reasons why practitioners are struggling in elite sport.

Today the topic is around many practitioners being stuck in their head, leaving them unable to be present.

Why?

They're always thinking about what's next, whether that's...

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Self-Preservation of Practitioners authenticity low self-esteem Dec 04, 2023

The series continues with the most potent and widespread issue that is a clear standout from my research: Low Self-Esteem.

To me, this appears to be one of the most insidious and destructive issues we face in our elite sports culture.

The reason it's so destructive is because it contributes to...

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What is Your Distraction of Choice? emotions practitioner needs analysis Nov 27, 2023

The series of posts continues with the third common theme from 160 practitioners in high-performance sport. It's the challenging topic of being emotionally unskilled that is insidious, and yet deeply destructive.

A lead strength & conditioning coach told me:

"I don't know because I’m...

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What Does Your Needs Analysis Look Like? Nov 20, 2023

As we continue this series, the second common theme coming through from 160 practitioners in high-performance sport is the inability to have balance in their life.

The cost of this is massive, from divorce, short-term relationships, absent parent, physical and emotional illness.

A head of...

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What are Your Markers of Success? defining success Nov 13, 2023

When I reflect on the research I've been doing for nearly 2 years, it really stands out to me the diversity of who I've actually spoken with.

 

 

It's important to highlight that I have also sought out advice from sports psychologists and psychotherapists within my network for 2...

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My UKSCA Conference Takeaways 2023 success practices uksca values Aug 31, 2023

It's been an exciting few weeks after presenting at the UKSCA conference 2023.

It was a real success, much of which has been down to the many conversations I've had about how much men behind sport resonates with so many coaches.

I feel this area is about to explode. I believe wholeheartedly that...

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How to Create Healthy Boundaries in Performance Sport boundaries Apr 27, 2023

Introduction

Why is it so hard to set healthy boundaries?

The answer is unique to each of us.

One thing is for sure though, unshaped personal boundaries are a massive problem within performance support staff.

"I was working 6.7 days a week across a 12-month period, I wasn't seeing my kids or my...

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Performance Staff Career Path: A Rite of Passage Apr 13, 2023

Introduction

Do you ever stop and consider whether your role in performance sport will be a lifelong career for you?

This is one of the primary questions I support performance staff to answer, and it's not a simple yes/no answer.

It's a primary question because we are at a time of...

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How to Find Freedom Whilst Working in Performance Sport authenticity freedom self-concept Apr 06, 2023

Do you ever feel like you're putting up a front at work?

"I feel that if I were to be my actual self and not put on this very professional image it would be seen as a weakness, I feel I would be taken advantage of."

I certainly did when I was a coach in Olympic sports, and many other...

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6 Powerful Steps to Make Values-Based Decisions As Performance Staff values values-based decisions Mar 30, 2023

Without question, it takes a huge amount of vision, dedication, and skill to have gained the experience you have in high-performance sport.

Yet this devotion to vision, dedication, and skill creates a huge blind spot.

We fall into the trap of unconsciously filling our blind spots by seeking...

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The Problems With The Labels of "World Class" Coach: How To Reassess Your "Success" identity self-awareness Mar 23, 2023

You'll know by now that I'm very open about how I struggled so hard to prove myself and my "success" when I was coaching in Olympic sport.

I did this because my definition of a great coach was so skewed towards results, the status of prestigious jobs and seniority.

I'd assigned such value and...

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