June 14, 2021
This one is long! Just to mix things up a little, we decided to get you, dearest listeners, to come up with the questions for Dr Pete and Hugh to answer. “Ask us anything,” we said… and you did. From tips on imposter syndrome to getting in ‘The Zone’ to the greatest crisps of all time, Pete, Hugh, and special guest Elliott Newell talk for what turned out to be bloody ages, answering your questions. It’s good though. You’ll like this one!
Elliott Newell is a Senior Performance Pathways Scientist at the English Institute of Sport, and a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist specialising in Psychological Support. He’s particularly interested in performance communities, talent development practice, and philosophy of sport, and his favourite sweets are not what you’d expect!
May 24, 2021
There are some sports for which athletes might spend a lifetime preparing for one shot, one opportunity. Other sports require a long push through a season, competing day in, day out, for months, only to start again the next year. The EVENT and the GRIND.
Dr Pete and Hugh are joined by Dr Karen MacNeill, who has experience of preparing athletes as a performance consultant and psychologist at four Winter Olympics, but also of competing on the world stage as an international hockey player. Pete, Hugh, and Dr MacNeill explore the differences and similarities of the EVENT and the GRIND from the perspectives of player, coach, and psychologist, in what turned out to be a right Bobby Dazzler of an episode!
April 26, 2021
In this episode, Dr Pete and Hugh consider the psychology of injury with special guest experts, Dr Monna Arvinen-Barrow, a Chartered Psychologist, Mental Performance Coach, and Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dr Damien Clement, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology/Athletic Training at West Virginia University. From exploring the link between stress and injury, to thinking about how we can understand and work with injured athletes more effectively, this episode has everything you need to know to appreciate the role that the mind can play in managing the injury experience.
March 29, 2021
In this episode, Dr Pete and Hugh think about how to work with and how to be good sports parents. Dr Camilla Knight, Associate Professor at Swansea University and a specialist in parental involvement in youth sport, and Andy Bradshaw, Senior Coach Developer at UK Coaching and a coach with over 30 years’ experience, talk about the positive and negative influences that parents can have on their children’s sport experiences. We discuss what coaches and clubs can do to engage parents in positive ways, and what parents might do to support their children through their sporting journeys.
March 1, 2021
If you’re part of a team, you do not want to miss this episode. Dr Pete and Hugh talk to two absolute legends to find out how to get team culture right.
Performance psychologist, Rebecca Levett, and culture coach, author, and Global Chief Culture Officer at Right to Dream, Dr Pippa Grange, talk about defining success, the benefits of creating an environment where people can freely express themselves, and the potential dangers of romanticizing ‘winning’ cultures.
There’s something for everyone here, so whether you’re an athlete, coach, psych, or just someone who’s interested in how to do team culture well, get this episode in your ears!
March 1, 2021
In the opening episode of Series 2, Dr Pete and Hugh talk to chartered sport and exercise psychologist and lecturer, Dr Darren Britton, and registered sport and exercise psychologist, Matt Cunliffe to find out how to think straight about psychology.
In a world full of Instagram experts and 'media psychologists', we explore how we might separate the pseudoscience from the evidence-based practice, and talk about how to tackle the problem of the relentless positivity that seems to invade our social media feeds.
February 20, 2021
Dr Pete and Hugh were invited onto the No Lift Podcast, hosted by Arthur Lynch, to discuss burnout and drop out in athletes specifically powerlifting athletes.
Arthur Lynch is a bit of an enigma. Having competed at multiple IPF World Championships representing Ireland, he knows a thing or two about strength. But he's not just a very strong dude; he has a PhD in muscle physiology and BSc in Sport and Exercise science. Arthur coaches’ competitive lifters and those interested in just getting stronger as well as being a thoroughly inquisitive fellow. Arthur is well respected in the field of strength and we thoroughly recommend you take a look at the No Lift Podcast.
January 18, 2021
Danny Lennon claims on his Instagram to be an expert at nothing and curious about a lot. We think only one of those things is true. Founder of Sigma Nutrition and head of content creation for the company, Danny hosts top-ranked podcast, Sigma Nutrition Radio, and is a respected educator in the field. Dr Pete and Hugh were invited onto the Sigma Nutrition Radio Podcast to discuss Dr Pete’s specialist research area, burnout and coaches.
Find more on Danny Lennon and check out the coaching and nutrition services services offered by him and his employees at Sigma Nutrition.
December 24, 2020
In this festive edition of Eighty Percent Mental, Dr Pete and Hugh look back at Series One, look forward to Series 2, and try to spread some festive cheer at the end of what has been... well let's just say a memorable 2020.
November 10, 2020
Welcome to EPM Extras! In this mini-podcast episode, you can hear some of the extra bits from Episode 1.02, where Dr Pete and Hugh talked to Prof. Dave Collins, Director at Grey Matters Performance Ltd., about the controversial idea of a 'Winning Mindset'
October 27, 2020
In this, the final episode of Series 1, we talk to one of the world’s leading experts on Mindfulness, Joe Mannion, to find out just what all the fuss is about. What is mindfulness really, and perhaps more importantly, what is not mindfulness? What’s the theory, and is there actually any evidence to show that it’s helpful? Who shouldn’t do it? We answer all of these questions and more on Episode 10 of EightyPercentMental.
October 20, 2020
In this episode, we learn how to practice bobsleigh in the bath! We discuss the idea of mental rehearsal and see what the benefits of using it might be. Along with special guest Eoghan McNeill, a PhD researcher from the University of Limerick in Ireland, we explore the differences between imagery, visualisation, and mental practice. We talk about how imagery is thought to work, and what the potential benefits might be, not only for performance, but in other areas of our lives too.
October 13, 2020
In our first ever EightyPercentMental Sidecast, Dr Pete and Hugh take over the Rugby Coach Weekly podcast. You don’t have to be into rugby to enjoy this one though! Hugh is asking the questions, while Pete, and guests, Ross Shand and Dr Andrew Wood discuss how they would solve real-life problems. The catch? They don’t know what the questions are going to be, and they each have to give a different answer, based on their knowledge, experience, and ability to make things up quickly.
How did we come up with this great idea? We didn't. Dan Cottrell from Rugby Coach Weekly runs this same “Haunted House” process with coaches - a great way to challenge and develop practice – so we teamed up, and this EPM Sidecast is the result. Enjoy - and then go check out the RCW podcast!
- Rugby Coach Weekly podcast on Twitter: @RugbyCoachWeek
- Ross Shand on Twitter: @RossShand
- Dr Andrew Wood on Twitter: @Woodington89
- Dan Cottrell on Twitter: @Dan_Cottrell
October 6, 2020
Dr Pete and Hugh find out everything we need to know about setting goals by talking with performance psychologist for British Para-Swimming, Charlotte Hinchliffe, and chartered sport and exercise psychologist Hannah Brooks. In this episode, we discuss what setting goals actually does for us, talk about some of the reasons that we often find goals so hard to stick to, and think about how athletes and teams set goals that really work for them.
September 29, 2020
Dr Pete and Hugh explore the importance of confidence. In this episode, we interview two athletes: Britain’s number 1 shot putter and World Championship finalist, Sophie Mckinna, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver medallist (Para Powerlifting) and Crohn’s disease warrior, Ali Jawad. We get some fascinating insights into what confidence means to them, how they build and maintain confidence when things don’t go according to plan, and the important role that psychologists and coaches can have in making or breaking confidence when it matters.