Dr Mustafa Sarkar is an Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on the psychology of sporting excellence and its application to other high performance domains. His work addresses how high achievers thrive on pressure and deliver sustained success with a particular focus on team, and organisational resilience

as well as personal and team growth and thriving.

In this conversation we explore Mustafa's own experiences as an aspiring athlete and his own challenges with responding to performance pressures. We also explore the nature of resilience and discuss to working models to help coaches to design environments that stimulate growth while maintaining athlete wellbeing.

It is a really interesting conversation...hope you enjoy...

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Joe Baker is Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. He makes a welcome return to the podcast along with his research associate, Alexandra 'Sandy' Mosher.

Joe's research team focuses on optimal human development to understand how someone gets to, and stays at, the highest levels of performance. His previous research in this area has considered various psychosocial and environmental factors influencing athletic skill development across a range of sports to catalogue the extensive range of factors affecting an athlete's capacity to maximize their potential.

In this episode with unpack some fascinating new research which challenges the commonly held suggestion that early specialisation is "the villain of talent development", how it might be possible to experience 'healthy early specialisation' and why the link between early specialisation and burnout and injury is not what we think it is.

It is a fascinating discussion...

I hope you enjoy


Skye Eddy Bruce is the founder of the Soccer Parenting Association, an organisation with a mission of 'inspiring players by empowering parents'.

A former professional player, Skye has coached extensively in the youth and collegiate context, she is also a sought after Coach & Parent Educator and Club Consultant.

In this conversation we discuss the ways that coaches can develop strong relationships with players and parents. Skye explains a framework that she uses to support the creation of positive connections through the '4 dimensions of a 'sense of community''.

This is a fascinating conversation full of fascinating insight into the key relationships between coaches, parents and athletes.


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