In this episode, Dr. Amanda Wilding joins the conversation.
Amanda qualified as a sport and exercise scientist in 2005 and became an HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist in 2012. During her career, she has worked with a range of athletes from world champions to grassroots in sports such as football (soccer), track and field, hockey, fencing, and powerlifting. She has worked as a performance psychologist at Southampton Football Club since 2012 and recently has worked with the women's first team in their bid to become national league champions and gain promotion to the Barclay Women's Championship. Amanda is also a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University.
Amanda begins the episode with a brief relaxation practice. She then talks with Keith and Tim about:
[16:20] Her experience working with the Southampton Women's first team, and how support has changed since her early experiences in the club
[19:20] Differences in men's and women's football (soccer) concerning receptivity to sport psychology practices
[26:20] Equity, and inequity, in support between men's and women's football in the UK
[29:15] Increasing the visibility of women's football in the UK
[32:05] Mental training at the grassroots level
[35:32] Tending to the humanity of elite athletes
[40:05] Finding the fun and enjoyment in the seriousness of elite sport and the influence of that effort on social cohesion
[46:26] One of the quirky activities Amanda has come to be known for
Social Media Mentioned:
Twitter: @wildpinck @mindfulsportdoc
YouTube: Mindful Sport Performance Podcast
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