This podcast thoughtfully explores the evolution of athlete mental health. A large amount of mental energy and focused attention is required to master a task, execute a skill or problem solve. Just like physical energy, mental energy also needs to be refreshed and refueled. Refueling mental energy is becoming increasingly difficult in a world captured by the busyness of interactive technology. Our youth are being seductively solicited by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Computer Games, where thousands of professionals behind your screen, develop programs to entice your individuals to switch-on and not want to switch-off. Their developing brains just can’t compete. This presentation looks at the content Clews included in her ground breaking book on athlete mental health “Wired to Play: The Metacognitive Athlete”. The elite athlete’s she interviewed and the challenges they shared. With a focus on normalising mental health discussions with your own athletes.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 17 April 2020.
Presented by Gayelene Clews
Gayelene Clews is a World Renown Sports Psychologist. She competed in National Championships as a swimmer, World Championships in Athletics and was World Number One in the Olympic Distance Triathlon. She supported her former husband Robert de Castella through four Olympic Games, a World Title and World record in the men’s marathon.
As a Sports Psychologist Gayelene has worked with many of Australia’s and the World Super Elite athletes. She supported the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team for 3 ½ years through to their gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. Had over ten years at the ACT Academy off Sport. Worked extensively in Rugby League with the highly successful Canberra Raiders in the 1990’s, and the Wallabies in 1999. More recently in 2016 she travelled and worked with the Volleyball Australia’s Men’s National Team. In 2018 Sports Psychologist with the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL 2019 Brisbane Broncos NRL. She is currently working with Singapore Swimming through to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, including the Rio Olympic Gold medallist in the Men’s 100m Butterfly.
In 2015 she published Australia’s most comprehensive book on athlete mental health. As a coach, she has coached athletes to medals at world championships in two sports, and as an educator all three of her children to academic scholarships.
Gayelene is a strong advocate for the power of sport in lives of individuals and communities going far beyond the physical benefits. She regularly presents on the biological, social, emotional, cognitive and prosocial benefits of sport to schools, businesses and sporting associations both in Australia and overseas.
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