Olympic Council of Ireland CEO, Stephen Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Olympic Council of Ireland was guest of honour.He provided an illuminating insight into how his medal winning Hockey team utilised the expertise of world renouned psychologist Brian Miller in preparation for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.He also stressed th fact that sport psychology is under utilised in Irish sport, and needs to play a more central role in high performance sport.
Pure Sport: Practical Sport Psychology explains in everyday language the whys and wherefores of contemporary sport psychology – pinpointing what works and what doesn’t when it comes to performance enhancement.
As the title suggests, Pure Sport goes back to basics by highlighting practical concerns for those who are involved with competitive sport at every level – from junior club to international élite. Drawing on their considerable experience as both academic researchers and applied sport psychologists, the authors present a powerful array of techniques for channelling and harnessing mental skills with the goal of improving sporting performance. The interventions that they describe have all been tried and tested in competitive settings, but here, for the first time, the psychological techniques underlying them are brought together in a single volume that uniquely blends sound theory with good practice.
Liberally sprinkled with practical examples, evocative photographs and clear diagrams, Pure Sport is essential reading for anyone with an active involvement or interest in sport. It will help coaches, teams and sports people alike to develop their mental edge and so realise their true potential in sport and through sport.