16Jan

The psychology of endurance performance: Using brief interventions to provide mental skills support

Sport & Exercise Science Research Centre Seminar, G036 Parkstead House, Whitelands College

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Presenters: Dr Carla Meijen (St Mary’s University)

Host: Dr Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton

Time: 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Endurance activities place unique physical and psychological demands on an endurance performer. Common psychological demands recreational endurance athletes can experience are exercise-related sensations, concerns about optimising pacing and sticking to their race plan, life style sacrifices and time investment, pre-event stressors, and remaining focused despite adversity (McCormick, Meijen, & Marcora, 2018; Meijen, Day, & Hays, 2017). As part of their endurance activities individuals tend to engage in regulatory processes that guide them to, or away, from states or goals, such as deciding whether to keep going at a certain pace, to distract their thoughts from the discomfort and pain, or to think about the satisfaction they may feel afterwards. When a goal, such as time-based outcome goals, is under threat, this can lead to negative outcomes such as reduced enjoyment. In this research seminar, an overview of psychological determinants of endurance performance will be presented, followed by two examples of practical applications of delivering psychological interventions to endurance athletes.

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