Sport Psychologists Are Gaining Ground

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WHEN Padraig Harrington won the Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie last summer, he instantly gave the credit to his psychologist.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is another who puts his success down to positive mental attitude as much as God-given talent.

Jonny Wilkinson would never contemplate approaching a penalty without his now familiar, two-handed pre-kick routine.

Psychology plays as big a role in modern, top level sport as fitness and tactics – and Liverpool Hope University lecturer Matt Thombs is one of the country’s leading practitioners.

A former hockey player, Matt has just been appointed to work with the England Under-20 rugby union squad and he has already been impressed by the players’ willingness to embrace mental improvements to what is a very physical sport….

The above is from an article by David Prentice that appeared in the Liverpool Echo. Here’s the link to the full article.

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