Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hockey Matters: Are you ready to deliver when it counts?

Once every four years, athletes from across the world look to make their dreams of becoming an Olympic champion a reality. This often rests on a single opportunity to show the world what they’ve been working on their whole lives. Imagine the pressure of knowing this could define your life’s dedication. For some, this pressure is debilitating, whereas for others it surges them on to achieve greatness.

In the run-up to Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games, Team GB put together a group of performance psychologists to help their athletes and teams deal with this exact pressure. Their mission: design a resilience training program that is backed by scientific evidence to develop their athlete’s and team’s ability to withstand – and even thrive on – pressure. Fast-forward to Day 16 of the Games, and Great Britain had delivered their most successful performance for more than a century, winning a total of 67 Olympic medals. 

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