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Posted 02/18/2022 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

105 Overcoming Psychological Challenges in Elite Professional Women’s Football

In this episode I was joined by former professional footballer Hannah Bromley where we had a fascinating conversation.  We discussed the pressures of playing international football, playing overseas in different cultures and how this went on to impact her performance levels.  Coach communication was part of our conversation too as well as mental health, bulimia, bullying and her passion for sports psychology.  It’s well worth a listen!

Key Learning Points:

  • The highs and the lows of professional sport were a big part of the conversation and in Hannah’s words were “incredible.”
  • Not knowing the language when playing overseas can be a barrier and impact your confidence levels.
  • The younger Hannah would have benefitted by having better daily habits and reaching out for support.
  • Conflict resolution is a skill that can be developed.
  • Effective coach communication is vital and has a big influence on a players’ welfare, mindset and performance levels.
  • Seeing the coach as a person and not placing them on a pedestal is helpful for a player.
  • Developing a psychologically safe environment is essential for players to be able to fully express themselves.

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Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

Ep069: David Charlton – David on Being Tough Vs Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin Part 1

Ep093: Dan Abrahams – How to Overcome Mental Blocks in Football

Ep096: Gary Curneen – Developing Mentally Strong Footballers

Other Football or Soccer Resources

Psychology in Football or Soccer Blogs

Blog 5 Coaching Tips to Develop Mentally Tough Footballers

Blog: Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?

Blog: 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog: Supporting a Professional Footballer during Challenging Times

Blog: 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

Vlog: How Mental Toughness Helps us Understand Psychological Safety with Doug Strycharczyk 


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