Join Sport Psychologist, Dan Abrahams, on The Sport Psych Show as he aims to demystify sport psychology for players, coaches and parents by speaking with some of the most influential people in sports performance today. Dan is on a mission to learn more about how sport psychology philosophies, tools and techniques positively impact participation, progression and performance in sport. He wants to learn more about how to drive participation – what motivational tools engage players and inspire people to play and stay in their sport. He wants to explore how players can progress quicker and more effectively – what is great practice and training? And how does learning in sport really happen? Finally, he wants to hear what his guests have to say about the psychology of performance – how do they think players can improve their ability to high perform consistently under pressure? Discover simple and practical tools and techniques by listening in to Dan’s conversations with elite competitors, sports coaches, sport scientists, and psychologists.
#159 Amy Williams MBE - Talent to Triumph
I’m delighted to speak to Amy Williams MBE in this week’s episode. Amy was a Gold Medal winner in the women's Skeleton 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Amy has a book coming out on Oct 8th entitled Talent to Triumph: How Athletes Turn Potential into High Performance in which Amy guides the reader through their entire sporting journey, using her own experiences and those of some of Britain's greatest athletes to help turn talent into your triumph.
#158 Dr Ed Cope & Prof Chris Cushion - Redefining Direct Instruction in Coaching Part 2
In this episode, I’m delighted to welcome back Dr Ed Cope & Prof Chris Cushion.
Ed is a lecturer in Sport Coaching at Loughborough University.
Chris is Professor of Coaching and Pedagogy at Loughborough University.
Following on from episode 137, Ed and Chris have come back on the show to further discuss the topic of ‘direct instruction’ in coaching. Specifically, we speak about Barak Rosenshine’s principles of instruction, linking them to sports coaching.
#157 Dr Camilla Knight - Creating a Parent-Positive Environment
I speak to Dr Camilla Knight in this week’s episode. Camilla is a professor at Swansea University specialising in sport psychology, particularly in youth sport. Her particular area of interest is around parent involvement in sport.
Camilla completed her BSc and MSc at Loughborough University, and her PhD at the University of Alberta. We speak about parents in sport - the challenges they face and simple ways that coaches can help to create a parent-positive environment.
#156 Dr Alex Auerbach - Creating Healthy High-Performance Environments
I’m delighted to speak to Dr Alex Auerbach in this week’s episode. Alex is the Director of Wellness and Development for the Toronto Raptors, where he is responsible for all things mental health, mental performance and off-court development for players and staff. He joined the Raptors after serving as the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for the University of Arizona.
Alex has worked with NCAA Division-I schools in the Pac-12, ACC, Big 12 & Conference USA.
#155 Dr Marina Harris & Shameema Yousuf - Simone Biles: Redefining Mental Toughness
I’m delighted to speak with Dr Marina Harris and Shameema Yousuf in this episode.
Marina recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada. She also has a Master's degree in Kinesiology and Health with an emphasis in sport psychology from Miami University.
Shameema is a HCPC registered sport psychologist, registered clinical mental health counsellor and is a member of APA, AASP, and BASES.
#154 Jonny McMurtry - Understanding Your Players’ Motivations and Drivers
I speak to Jonny McMurtry in this week’s episode. Jonny has been involved in high performance age grade rugby programmes across Australia for over 10 years. He is currently completing research in conjunction with University of QLD and Rugby Australia, looking at age grade players’ engagement and understanding what motivates, engages and drives players' participation.
We speak about Jonny’s findings from his fascinating research project.
Cant get enough!
As a neophyte practitioner these have become my go to podcast for everything sport psychology! Great topics and quality of interviewees and always exploratory and reflective as someone who is absorbing a d learning. Keep up the great work.
Consistently inspirational guests and enlightening conversation.
I really look forward to these podcasts. I find the content so useful and recommend them to both my students, coaches and competitors. The range of guests provides great depth and I particularly enjoy listening to the back and forth between Dan and his guests. My only complaint is the amount I’ve spent on books after listening to these podcasts!
Always an insightful listen across an excellent range of guests. Dan asks some superb questions and clarifies in a way that ensures you don’t need a psych degree to understand it! Definitely a must listen for anyone involved in sport!