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Don’t Crack Under Pressure: The psychology behind the phenomenon of choking Dr Jay-Lee Nair

July 19th, 2017

Choking under pressure is a phenomenon that every player has experienced but few are willing to explore their personal episodes of choking and analyse the causes of this adverse and costly reaction to perceived pressure. Most players would rather erase such experiences from their mind, and hope it never happens again. But recognising your patterns […]

The #1 Mental Skill you Need to Make it on Tour Dr Jay-Lee Nair

December 20th, 2016

As a psychologist to amateur and professional players, part of my day job involves walking the course analysing their habits and response patterns to situations during tournaments. Caddies would agree that you can see a lot as a quiet observer, the things that player’s themselves under-estimate as the real causes of a great day on […]

The Australian International School gets into the Zone with Mental Notes Mental Notes

December 13th, 2016

The Athlete Development Program (ADP) at the Australian International School (AIS) is one-of-a-kind in Singapore schools, offering student-athletes the opportunity to train and be coached on a path to university scholarships and elite level sport. This semester, the ADP students added a new form of training to their repertoire, making further strides through sport psychology […]

A Behind the Scenes Look at Mentally Preparing for the Olympics Dr Jay-Lee Nair

September 4th, 2016

The mental toughness training athletes undergo before reaching the Olympic stage is not typically well documented or understood. In this article, I will provide a behind the scenes look at the psychological preparation athletes go through before the biggest event in sport. For the past year, I have had the opportunity to work as the […]

The Power of an Hour Dr Jay-Lee Nair

May 20th, 2016

What is it? The power of an hour refers to a study technique for student-athletes that develops discipline in managing common distractions and creates fearsome focus to strengthen your working memory. The benefits 1. Focus & discipline The art of ignoring distractions when studying often comes down to being able to control the compulsive urge to respond to […]

The Path to Greatness Mental Notes

March 27th, 2016

Many golfers have an incredible ability to analyse situations, but many use their analytic skills for evil rather than good. I see this phenomenon over and over again with golfers who come to see me. When they have performed below their potential and shot a high score they can tell me in excruciating detail, shot […]

A Jockey’s Mindset Mental Notes

January 27th, 2016

All sport is a delicate balance of demands that require effort to overcome, and resources, tools that can be used to overcome demands. Horse racing is no different. Jockeys have to stay focused, be fit and strong, make weight, see opportunities, make decisions under pressure and keep trainers and owners happy. This requires perfect physical […]

What is the Difference Between Self-Confidence and Cockiness? Dr Jay-Lee Nair

January 10th, 2016

Self-confidence is interpreted by others through our communication style – how we speak, our gestures, eye contact, and body language. The ideal communication style inculcated by eastern philosophy is humble, harmonious, nurturing, modest, and indirect. However, the demonstration of self-confidence in sport is often interpreted and most closely associated with a style of communication in […]

Emotions Are Good for Us! Dr Andrea Furst

November 20th, 2015

Spending about 55 hours on planes in September meant that I watched my fair share of movies and made my way through some insightful reads. Inside Out is one of the movies I sat through whilst eating meals on trays.  It’s an animation by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures that explores human emotions.  It follows five […]

The ‘Big Moment’ Mindset Mental Notes

October 1st, 2015

It’s grand final week here in Australia, a great opportunity to see if the best performers throughout the year can complete one last performance in what is an environment unlike anything else they have experienced during the regular season. There are no more second chances and no additional opportunities to redeem themselves the following week. Everyone […]