In elite sport, it is widely recognised there are three things you can train*:
- Your Craft (training and competition)
- Your Body (strength and conditioning, recovery, nutrition)
- Your Mind (the inner game)
Traditional team programs work on ‘the outer game’ which is skills training, competition, strength and conditioning. The inner game is all about the mind – training to consistently perform under high pressure situations. Just like putting a program together to train the body to be healthy, fit, flexible and strong; we can do exactly the same for the mind.
*Michael Gervais, Sport Psychologist.
Mental Skills Training Supports Coaches to:
- Manage their energy and emotions throughout the season
- Link performance-based language across all parts of the program
- Influence players to train mental skills and perform under pressure
- Bring everything back to focusing on what players can control
- Live and breathe a leader-led approach
Andrew’s method uses normal language that sporting teams and coaching staff can understand and implement. This is underpinned by an evidence-based framework drawing up on the latest neuroscience, behaviour change and performance psychology he teaches in the Mental Skills Academy.
Best-practice mental skills programs work across 3 levels:
- Coach education and support (Leader-Led)
- Player group education and one on one sessions (Reps and Sets)
- Digital education platform for coaches/players development pathways (Digital Distribution)
Andrew works as a mental skills coach for a number of elite performers and the Parramatta Eels National Rugby League Club.