The aim of Performance Psychology is to help athletes and staff prepare psychologically for the demands of competition and training. With around 30 expert psychologists, the UK Sports Institute has one of the world’s leading psychological support systems for high performance.
Why is there a Performance Psychology team at the UK Sports Institute (UKSI)?
The purpose of the UK Sports Institute performance psychology team is to facilitate the creation of psychologically underpinned and sustainable high-performance environments that develop the person as well as the performer to THRIVE. Watch the video below to learn more.
Ten Guiding Principles for Sports Psychology
Through our collaboration as a team, and with athletes and staff from within and outside the system, we have developed ten guiding principles to underpin our purpose:
Thriving is everyone’s business
Success is driven by a process focus aligned with a higher purpose
Personal values drive behaviour
Psychological safety promotes collaboration and risk taking (challenge perceptions)
Uniqueness and strengths should be embraced and optimised
The performance culture is determined by clear and unambiguous standards
Shared understanding and language promote consistent communication
Performance environments require appropriate balance of challenge and support
Purposeful experience and reflection evolve human performance
Failing smart accelerates learning and promotes growth
There is a strong performance focus, but traditional sport psychology intervention is dependent upon the guiding principles being in place. In practice, our practitioners facilitate opportunities (through collaboration) for sports to develop their athletes and staff holistically, helping shape values-driven cultural environments that are sustainable for future generations.