The Psychology of Performance

David Roche, a professional trail runner and ultramarathoner, runs down a trail with arms spread wide and a smile on his face.

8 // The Psychology of Performance, Motivation, and Athlete Development

Explore the psychological and social side of performance with the help of experts who specialize in sport psychology, mental performance, and athlete development.

Illustrated headshot of Percy Cerutty

Profiles in Coaching: Percy Cerutty

A rigorous, holistic approach to mental and physical training steeped in high-intensity sessions and hill running at a beachfront property would likely appeal to today’s athlete. This Australian running coach was ahead of his time.

The Role of Self-Awareness & EQ in Performance Psychology

The Role of Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence in Performance Psychology

Dr. Julie Emmerman joins Emma-Kate Lidbury to talk about the role that self-awareness and emotional intelligence can have in performance psychology.

Young, athletic woman in compression running socks jogging on the beach

Which Comes First: Trust or Commitment?

Much to the surprise of some coaches, mental performance expert Jeff Troesch argues that you can have commitment from your athletes without trust. He explains how—and why—this is important.

Coach and athlete talking on bleachers

How to Score and Strengthen Your Relationship Game

The degree to which you cultivate a positive coach-athlete relationship will enhance your athletes’ race performances—and help you retain them as clients.

ITU triathletes racing on the bike

How to Harness or Stoke Motivation

Coach Rob Griffiths describes the method he used to help an athlete shift her passion and motivation to make positive changes and avoid burnout.

triathlete looking out at the water at sunrise

Understanding Motivation and How It Affects Performance

Motivation is key to the performance psychology puzzle, dependent on fundamental human needs. If those needs are not met, an athlete’s passion for sport and their self-esteem can suffer.

The biopsychosocial approach: a venn diagram shows biological, psychological, and social aspects of human health and performance

How the Biopsychosocial Approach Can Benefit Your Athletes

Coaches include some components of psychological and social development in an athlete’s preparation. But do you know why and how it works?

Triathletes running into the water at the swim start

What Is a Biopsychosocial Approach to Coaching?

We are products of our social, mental, and biological processes, but what does this mean for coaches and athletes? Andy Kirkland explains how to adjust training for better results.

Woman sprinting on a track

How Sport Psychology Can Unlock Athletic Potential

Sport psychology is proving to be just as important—if not more so—than physiology, but how do you incorporate it into your coaching for the benefit of you and your athletes?