A popular group of articles on what ‘is the difference that makes the difference’ in sporting success. The mental game and sport psychology is where true champions emerge.

Control and Influence Model in Sport

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments At some point in time most athletes have been (or should be) exposed to the Control and Influence Model also known as the Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence. This model is taken from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People [...]

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Prevent Choking in Sport using Holistic Word Cues

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments With great feedback received on our article "Choking or Panicking", this follow up article delves into more depth on how choking can be prevented at the highest level. Unfortunately there are many names infamous with choking in a sporting context. After his [...]

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Poor Performance in Sport – How to Cope

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In sport as in life there are times when we don’t deliver our best when called on to do so. At the elite level, a poor performance in sport is when you or your team are 1% off your best. This contributes to an unwanted result [...]

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Training and Competition: What to do when your athletes don’t perform?

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments This article was written during national team selection time for one of our clients. It reminded me of how I felt during my own selection for various national and Olympic teams, and inspired me to share the most important lessons I learnt [...]

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Improve Athlete Resiliency – 6 Tips for Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments No one will ever forget seeing Greg Louganis recover from his poorly executed 2½ pike preliminary dive in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Greg dove and struck his head bleeding into the water. Although he had obviously suffered an injury, he went on to earn the highest single score of the qualifying.  He then went on to repeat the dive during the finals, earning the gold medal by a margin of 25 points.  A mentor of mine explained his performance by suggesting Greg had phenomenal recovery strategy skills. Which he did. He suffered a setback, injured himself, was clearly pushed well out of his comfort zone but he continued on to deliver a top performance, at the same time proving that he was a truly tough athlete. It is important to note that the point here is NOT that he was injured, but that he had a set of recovery strategies in place that he could refer to and keep going. This is what tough athletes do. […]

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Athlete Decision Making Skills: Coaching for Improvement

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Athletes who have the ability to create truly great performances on the field or in a race have one very important skill in common. They are excellent decision makers - instead of letting things happen, they take control and make things happen. This [...]

Choking in Sport: Inside Every Athlete’s Worst Nightmare

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments How many times have you witnessed the heartbreak of an athlete faltering at a crucial moment? The painstaking drama of the moment can be excruciating to watch, particularly when the athlete is at the height of their career or even worse, an [...]

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Sport Psychology for Sport Coaches: What you need to know

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments While Sport Psychologists can provide a valuable service in sport, sport coaches need a basic knowledge of Sport Psychology.  Understanding the importance of sport and exercise psychology is paramount to getting better results on the field, in the pool or on the court. Often though, coaches find the topic daunting and therefore put it in the “too hard” basket. Other coaches employ the services of a sport psychologist to assist their athletes and miss important benefits of a holistic coaching approach. In this article, we define what sport psychology is and what aspects are best incorporated into training and competition day by the sports coach. […]

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Emotional Intelligence in Sports for Elite Athletes

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Although emotional intelligence is still a relatively new term in sport, it is certainly not a new concept. For years we have marveled at how the great athletes are able to “switch themselves on” to create amazing performances with incredible consistency. We would describe them as being composed, mentally tough, having the right psychology, a great sports mind, emotionally controlled or simply determined or focused. Today we recognize these athletes as having high levels of competency in the area of emotional intelligence. […]

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Mental Skills in Sport: Preparing your Athletes for Success

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In conversations I have, coaches often say to me: “So I have this athlete, and they have great physiology, they've got a massive VO2, and a really good motor. But they can’t concentrate, are undisciplined, doesn't listen to me…but they could be [...]

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