The Health Scientist Podcast

Ep.47 Hugh Gilmore: Risk and rewards of psychology in coaching

Hugh Gilmore is a BASES accredited sports psychologist who has spent the last 6 years working with Olympians and Paralympians within Great Britain athletics and GB weightlifting. He also has a wealth of experience working within the GAA and Net Ball Northern Ireland. On top of all that, Hugh is also co-host of the Eight Percent Mental podcast.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Hugh's background in sports science and sports psychology.
  • What it's like working as a sport's psychologist for GB Athletics and GB Weightlifting
  • The power of instruction and guidance on sports performance
  • How does a sport's psychologist help an athlete perform better
  • The power of reframing a situation to change someone's perspective of it
  • An introduction to tubing
  • Why telling people what to do is not a useful approach
  • How asking questions with Motivational Interviewing helps bring about change
  • Hugh's thoughts on the increase in interest in psychological techniques in coaching in recent years
  • The concept that strong medicine can be strong poison: how psychology can also cause harm
  • Why comprehensive training in psychology is important to make sure practitioners don't cause harm
  • The danger in assuming that all psychology techniques are benign
  • The example of using mindfulness in treating eating disorders
  • What are some contradictions of different psychological techniques
  • What's the problem with NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Importance of realizing that no technique works all the time
  • Is there any way to know if a psychology practitioner is genuinely qualified?
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