Using experience to prepare for big games

Past experiences can be used by sportspeople to help them prepare ahead of major games. This is according to Dr Andrew Manley, a Chartered Psychologist at Leeds Metropolitan University, who was speaking ahead of the Carnegie Challenge Cup final on 25 August.

The rugby league match sees Leeds Rhinos going up against Warrington Wolves - and Dr Manley noted the players need to be both physically and mentally prepared for the occasion.

He explained Leeds Rhinos can look to past cup final defeats to identify and focus on the positives that come out of such disappointments.

"The memories that the players and coaching staff hold about the previous cup final encounters will allow the opportunity for them to learn from any past mistakes and prevent them from occurring again," the expert added.

In addition, those who have competed in such a match previously can draw on the experience to approach the upcoming game with greater confidence, as they know what to expect on the day.