Putting Injury Time To Good Use

I am making sure that I put this spell out of the game because of my shoulder injury to good use.

I have just started to do some studying in a subject that has fascinated me for ages.

I have always been interested in sports psychology and actually wanted to study it at university.

My interest in it started as a 14 or 15-year-old when I played a lot of tennis and got into the psychology of the game.

That has grown and when I found out I was going to be out for a while with my shoulder, I decide to start a level three diploma in sports psychology.

I enjoy it and can see myself taking it further in the future. I know that not everyone agrees with the sentiments behind it but it is becoming more and prevalent in professional sport as individuals and teams look for that extra one per cent.

It’s learning about your role as an athlete and your role as a coach and, when you have been doing some studying around the subject, I find it fascinating when, as a player, you start to see some of those techniques in action.

One fairly obvious one is called the “shit sandwich”. It’s the way that certain coaches criticise their squads or individuals. Nobody likes to hear criticism, so the way to do is give people some positive news first, then hit them with the criticism, then follow it up with more news, in the hope that the player(s) will be more receptive.

I shall go on learning over the next few weeks.

In other news, my “Cat’s Tail” Movember tache is still turning heads.

I would love to get in touch with the person who suggested on Twitter that I grew one. I can’t remember who sent the Tweet and so, if you are that person, please get back in touch with me.

I need to thank you.

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