Mind games – The psychology of Olympic competitionAugust 9, 2016 |
by Katherine Lindemann
For Olympic athletes, the pressure of the Games can be immense. Often, years of training and preparation culminate in one shot to make that work pay off, all in a setting where expectations are high and the whole world is watching. We speak with sports psychologist David Fletcher, a researcher and consultant for professional and Olympic sports, about what’s going on in athletes’ heads as they push their bodies to the limits, and how mental health professionals can help them prepare.