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Injuries and Comebacks: Mindset is Everything.

Injuries and Comebacks: Mindset is Everything.

Featured Image by David J Phillip / The Associated Press Every athlete deals with injury. But it’s how we deal with it that matters. They test how well your body can hold up to recovery and how you can rehab. But moreover, it tests mental strength as well. Here’s how I have dealt with this…

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

The Honest Truth: My experience of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).

What is RED-S? RED-S stands for ‘Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport’. RED-S is caused when an individual’s dietary energy intake is insufficient to support the energy expenditure required for everyday health and optimal function once the cost of exercise has been considered [1]. In simple terms, energy expenditure > energy intake to a point where…

Body Image in Sport: I. Am. Fed. Up.

Body Image in Sport: I. Am. Fed. Up.

I. Am. Fed. Up. Fed up of hearing sports commentators discuss a professional athlete’s weight, size and body shape. Fed up of watching runners – and more importantly, friends – lose their way in the sport in attempts to achieve some sort of aesthetic or “ideal.” Fed up of hearing how scary sugar and fat…

Olympic Aspirations: but at what cost?

Olympic Aspirations: but at what cost?

A guide for understanding Mental Health and Thriving in elite sport The Olympic Games. A prestigious event in the sporting world that occurs every 4 years. It is logical to propose that every athlete in competitive sport dreams of one day participating. Those who are Olympians hold themselves to extreme standards, but at what cost?…

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

My Case of Burnout as a Former Junior International.

Featured Image by Alicia Barrett If you know me, you will know I try to be a positive person – easier said than done in 2020! With all that life throws at us we humans have to figure out a way through. Sometimes we can manage this alone but often we could do with a…

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Dealing with Loss as an Athlete

Featured Image by Henrik Enemark For the sake of being concise, I’ll start my story in 2017. That year was the high. I’d gotten married, I’d won my second British Masters M35 title over 200m with a lifetime PB, and then gone on to the European Champs later that summer – where I’d picked up…

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Featured Image by Geoff Lowe When I was around 4 years old, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder known as Selective Mutism. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s when a child or adult does not refuse or choose not to speak at certain times, they’re literally unable to speak. The expectation…

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