97 episodes

Brain in the Game explores the mental aspect of training and competing at an elite level of sport.

We’re all aware of the traditional role of a physical coach – people who work with the bodies of athletes – mind coaching (or mental coaching) focuses on the brain and the cognitive area of an athlete, working with them on their strategies, their structure and their emotional welfare.

Brain in the Game is designed for athletes, coaches, parents and crew as we unpack and understand what it takes to thrive as an elite athlete.

In each episode we will examine a different facet of sport from the perspective of the mind, covering interviews with some of the top athletes on the circuit and asking them what’s working for them now and what they’re looking at doing in the future.

We talk to coaches and gain a better understanding of the changing face of professional coaching.

We also delve into biomechanics and understand the different dynamics of the integration of those in professional sport.

Some of the techniques discussed will be time-tested and others will be cutting-edge. Brain In The Game provides a practical insight to the mental 'mind-field' of elite sport and demonstrates how a strong mental programme can make all the difference to an athlete’s results.

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Brain in the Game explores the mental aspect of training and competing at an elite level of sport.

We’re all aware of the traditional role of a physical coach – people who work with the bodies of athletes – mind coaching (or mental coaching) focuses on the brain and the cognitive area of an athlete, working with them on their strategies, their structure and their emotional welfare.

Brain in the Game is designed for athletes, coaches, parents and crew as we unpack and understand what it takes to thrive as an elite athlete.

In each episode we will examine a different facet of sport from the perspective of the mind, covering interviews with some of the top athletes on the circuit and asking them what’s working for them now and what they’re looking at doing in the future.

We talk to coaches and gain a better understanding of the changing face of professional coaching.

We also delve into biomechanics and understand the different dynamics of the integration of those in professional sport.

Some of the techniques discussed will be time-tested and others will be cutting-edge. Brain In The Game provides a practical insight to the mental 'mind-field' of elite sport and demonstrates how a strong mental programme can make all the difference to an athlete’s results.

    096: Controlling the Critical Balance Between Confidence and Self-Belief

    096: Controlling the Critical Balance Between Confidence and Self-Belief

    In the latest episode of Brain in the Game we dissect the critical differences between confidence and self-belief. This episode is a little more personal than usual, and my hope is that it will reshape the way you see pressure and building self-belief in your performance.


    Confidence vs Self-Belief: Learn how external factors shape our confidence while self-belief is internally driven, both provide you with a stable foundation to become a holistic performer.
    Mental Resilience: Discover what you can do to bounce back stronger when faced with pressure, turning challenges into opportunities for growth.
    Embrace the Pressure: Find out why uncomfortable situations are catalysts for unlocking hidden potential, essential for elite athletes eyeing selection.

    Because the journey to success is not just about talent – it's about pressure-proofing your mindset.

    If you would prefer to watch this on video, go to: https://youtu.be/oDMEbcVQAB4?si=lKf3OYNLJanzWb_F

    • 17 min
    095: Staying on Track in Those Big Moments

    095: Staying on Track in Those Big Moments

    Navigating High-Pressure Situations
    Competition pressure can have a huge impact on your ability to perform in those big moments. 

    Learning how to perform and what to trust can make all the difference. In episode 95 of Brain in the Game, we look at how to push through the uncomfortable to perform when it counts. We talk about:


    Think of your performance as a railway track. The better you lay your tracks (skills and preparation), the better you can perform when the pressure's on.
    Emotions can cloud your process, much like snow covering train tracks. The tracks are still there, you just need to push through the discomfort and trust your training.
    Understand how internal and external pressures can affect your performance, and ensure they don't derail your progress.
    Survivalist vs. Strategist Mindset: Are you testing before you trust or trusting before you test? A strategist mindset focuses on control, metrics, and assessing rather than testing.
    Assess and Enjoy: Collect data, recognise, and reward yourself along the way. This helps you maintain momentum and stay in control.

    Remember, don't let panic derail your performance – trust your process and you will learn to stay on track. If you want to perform on the world stage, keep your tracks strong and straight, then you're ready to accelerate!

    If you would prefer to watch this on video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyuB4Djopr4

    • 18 min
    094: Three Crucial Ingredients to Performing Under Pressure

    094: Three Crucial Ingredients to Performing Under Pressure

    In Episode 94 we explore the crucial ingredients that matter the most to every athlete when facing high-pressure situations and performing your best.

    We talk about: 

    ✅ The 3 essential ingredients for success under pressure: Process, Mental Toughness, and Mental Resilience. 

    ✅ How to build a solid blueprint for executing skills flawlessly, even when the stakes are high. 

    ✅ Developing mental toughness to maintain focus and engagement, no matter the distractions. 

    ✅ Riding the ‘urge wave’: mastering the art of pushing through discomfort and anxiety to achieve peak performance.

    Whether you're an athlete, coach, or sports professional, this episode will give you valuable insights to help you excel in the toughest moments when it matters most.

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    • 33 min
    093: Why Do Athletes Get So Anxious? Cracking the Code of Pre-Competition Nerves

    093: Why Do Athletes Get So Anxious? Cracking the Code of Pre-Competition Nerves

    The role of mental conditioning in helping athletes develop the tools they need to combat feelings of anxiousness
    In this episode of Brain in the Game, we dive right into the brain of the anxious athlete – a feeling that's all too familiar to anyone chasing success. 

    We explore: 

    🧠 Why those pre-competition nerves are not just normal, but a sign that what you're about to do is important to you – nervousness isn't a sign of incapability; it's a testament to your dedication towards your objectives.

    🧠 What the dance party of dopamine, cortisol, and serotonin is doing in your brain and the part they play in shaping your anxiety and performance.

    🧠 How our brain's incredible power of imagination can conjure up fears, magnify doubts, but also pave the way for innovative solutions and success beyond imagination. 

    🧠 What we can do right now to manage the balance between our body’s natural chemicals and the pragmatic techniques we can adopt to alleviate these stressors.

    So if you’ve ever felt your imagination run wild with worst-case scenarios, or feel anxious before a performance, you're not alone. This episode explores the reasons behind athletes' feelings of anxiousness and gives actionable strategies to manage these emotions, and alleviate the stressors to help rewire your brain for success.

    https://www.smartmind.com/podcast

     

    • 18 min
    092: Why Most High Performing Athletes Fall Short of Their Full Potential

    092: Why Most High Performing Athletes Fall Short of Their Full Potential

    In this Episode 92, we dive into the reason why many high performing athletes don't achieve their full potential. 

    High performance can be tough; it demands consistency and dedication. Let's consider an athlete's journey: from amateur to competitive, to elite, and finally, to high performance. It's a rigorous process that requires intense commitment.

    And talent alone doesn't guarantee success. A study in the late 80s examined the top 1% of high performing athletes worldwide, across various sports. While some were indeed gifted, a significant majority achieved success through something else. 

    In this episode, we discuss: 


    Why Even Talented Athletes Struggle to Reach Peak Performance – the other factors that propel high-performing athletes
    The High-Performance Athlete's Mindset – what sets them apart from the rest
    The Key to Consistency – how top 1% athletes sustain their success
    What’s Beyond Physicality – the non-physical factors impacting high performance athletes' success
    Avoiding the Bunny Hopping Effect – how to optimise training for high performance
    Breaking Barriers – how coaches and athletes can collaborate to design their success

    So to understand the journey of high-performing athletes, from amateur to elite and what sets them apart from the rest, this episode is a must-listen.

    https://www.smartmind.com/podcast

    • 24 min
    091: An Old Mindset Killing the Performance of Today's Athlete

    091: An Old Mindset Killing the Performance of Today's Athlete

    Protecting Your Competitive Edge: The Alarming Impact This One Habit Can Have On Human Performance
    We have done so many wonderful things to promote the development and evolution of our species.

    However, there is one habit we have recently created that is causing a de-evolution of one of our performance strengths: our ability to perform and perform with confidence.

    And as an athlete this could be catastrophic to our competitive future as it has the potential to jeopardise competitive prospects in the long run.

    In this podcast, we unpack the one habit that, if you change it, has the power to significantly enhance not only your performance but also your consistency and your ability to respond under pressure. 

    And it's not that hard to do!

    So jump on in and learn what could possibly have the biggest impact on your sporting career in decades.

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Beating Mental Blocks

    Perform Like a Champion

     

    • 26 min

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