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Psychology in the City: How coaches optimise their own and their athlete's performance

27 April 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members only. Registration is required, see Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 22 April

The Olympic Games are arguably the most prestigious and demanding sporting competition in the world.

This is due to the unique scale and size of the Games, and their occurrence only once every four years.

Alongside athletes, coaches are recognised as key figures and performers within the Olympic environment.

Coaches influence athletes’ performance, learning, and development, select and manage support staff, and perform under scrupulous attention from the public, media, and National Governing Bodies.

There is increasing attention being paid to coaches and their psychosocial functioning.

These factors may be one of the elements influencing athletes’ ultimate performance achievement, and this presentation will explore how coaches optimise their own and their athlete’s performance.

Pendulum Hotel
Sackville Street 
M1 3BB    

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18:30 Arrival and networking
19:00 Talk


Gillian Cook BIO Gillian is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist. She works with elite athletes and coaches from a variety of sports to enhance performance. Dr Gillian Cook is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores. Gillian’s research examines topics related to the psychology of performance excellence. She graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2012. Gillian continued her studies at Loughborough University, graduating with Distinction from the MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise programme in 2013. She conducted her PhD in collaboration with British Swimming, and examined the psychology of the world’s best Olympic swimming coaches, and in particular, understanding how they optimise their own and their athlete’s performance. Through her research and applied consultancy, Gillian has been the recipient of various awards including the 2014 British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc Award; the 2015 Global Editors Network News Data App of the Year Award; the 2018 Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Award for Excellence in Science Practitioner Endeavors; and the 2019 Loughborough University Doctoral College Research Student Prize.

This is a free event for Society members only.

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