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Sport psychology - inside the mind of champion athletes: Martin Hagger at TEDxPerth

Martin Hagger is Professor of Psychology at Curtin University. His areas of expertise are social, health, sport and exercise psychology. He is involved in numerous research projects nationally and internationally with a focus on motivation and behaviour change. He is currently leading projects in drugs in sport, promoting physical activity and healthy diet, understanding the mechanisms of willpower and self-control, and reducing binge drinking and the prevalence of smoking.

At the highest level, athletes are well-matched in terms of their physical abilities, conditioning, and skill level. But often that is not enough to win and perform on the biggest of stages like the Olympic games. Developing strategies and techniques to get athletes minds in the best possible condition for optimal performance is increasingly important for sports teams and coaches.

Martin will provide an overview of the kinds of techniques that elite athletes use to prepare psychologically for their sport, give details of the scientific research into these techniques and how they work, and how the techniques might be used by competitive athetes and coaches to maximise performance.

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One of the topics we discussed in class was sports psychology. There is no doubt that the mind plays a large part in the preparation and success of athletes. Sports psychologists are becoming an important part of an athlete’s preparation,... more »One of the topics we discussed in class was sports psychology. There is no doubt that the mind plays a large part in the preparation and success of athletes. Sports psychologists are becoming an important part of an athlete’s preparation, especially for Olympic athletes. Topics including motivation, goal setting, confidence, sport knowledge, imagery, self-talk, and modeling are all hot topics in sport psychology that many athletes are using nowadays. With the increased competitiveness in sport, athletes want to get any type of advantage possible over their opponents. 02-22-2016 5:17pm

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