Elite athletes play out their lives in the most public of arenas. Everything they do
is analysed in real time and then picked apart in the pub and in the press
afterwards. 'Why did they miss that penalty?', 'What made them fall at the first
jump?', 'That press conference was a bit weird.' We can all speculate, but what's
really going on?
In Keeping Your Head in the Game we peer into this highly confidential world.
We follow the journeys of ten athletes in their therapy sessions with sports
psychotherapist Gary Bloom, from a rugby player arrested for a drunken brawl,
through a homesick cricketer on tour, to a snooker player struggling with his
feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
Structured around the emotions we all experience on a daily basis - shame,
anger, fear, jealousy and envy, love -chapter by chapter, the inner traumas that
have an impact on the performance of these sports personalities are revealed,
explained and resolved. Seeing how they overcome their demons is a powerful
way of tackling your own and, as Gary says, happier players play better - in
sport and in life.
"Absolutely fascinating . . . a genuine MUST for anyone interested in the
human side of sport . . . very readable and accessible . . . It is comforting to
realise that everyone - from global superstar to young aspirant - suffers from
profound uncertainty of one sort or another . . . This book will promote greater
kindness and understanding . . . Heartily recommended for any 'thinking'
sports-lover" Peter Drury, football commentator
"It's amazing how football clubs invest in repairing the bodies of their players
whilst largely ignoring their minds. Elite athletes are just as fragile as the rest
of us. Happily change is on the way and this must-read book will only
accelerate that" Jon Champion, football commentator
Product code: 2100022
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