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The Dark Side of High Performance

Disturbing news from Olympic and Paralympic sport recently, with a few high-profile allegations of bullying in teams where athletes have felt vulnerable and unsupported. We call this the dark side of high performance, the inevitable consequence of pushing all the dials into the red zone, without the ability to fully rest, recover and recharge. Similarly,…

Hitting the target: Leadership Lessons from Team GB

The 2016 Paralympic Games provided a beautiful follow-on from Team GB’s Olympic success earlier in the summer. Performance1 is proud to have played a role – William is the sport psychologist with the Para-Rowing team, and Jonathan was in in Rio with the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, helping the next generation of athletes and coaches prepare…

Mental training

Jonathan Males reinforces the power of mental training & identifies 3 ways to include it in your training regimen. Not all your training has to be on the track or in the gym. In fact you can add a powerful dimension to your performance by including short mental training sessions that will develop your psychological strengths…

Onto the podium

Jonathan Males explores the difference that a 1% improvement in performance can make for top athletes. London welcomed over 10,500 athletes for the 2012 Olympics.  They competed for some 307 gold medals awarded for 39 disciplines in 26 different sports. Allowing for team events such as hockey and rowing, this means that only about 4%…

Managing nerves to deliver the goods

Do you get nervous before delivering an important presentation or when pitching for new business? William Winstone outlines several ways to keep those nerves at bay before the big day. In the world of sport psychology, some athletes are more prone to performance anxiety and nerves than others. And while in pure performance terms it…