Sport psychology – inside the mind of champion athletes: Martin Hagger at TEDxPerth

Martin Hagger is Professor of Psychology at Curtin University. His areas of expertise are social, health, sport and exercise psychology. He is involved in numerous research projects nationally and internationally with a focus on motivation and behaviour change. He is currently leading projects in drugs in sport, promoting physical activity and healthy diet, understanding the mechanisms of willpower and self-control, and reducing binge drinking and the prevalence of smoking.

At the highest level, athletes are well-matched in terms of their physical abilities, conditioning, and skill level. But often that is not enough to win and perform on the biggest of stages like the Olympic games. Developing strategies and techniques to get athletes minds in the best possible condition for optimal performance is increasingly important for sports teams and coaches.

Martin will provide an overview of the kinds of techniques that elite athletes use to prepare psychologically for their sport, give details of the scientific research into these techniques and how they work, and how the techniques might be used by competitive athetes and coaches to maximise performance.


TEDxPerth 2012 took place on Saturday 8 December 2012 at the Octagon Theatre at the University of Western Australia. Over 500 people attended in person and listeners all over the country enjoyed the day by tuning in to the live broadcast on digital radio.

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Some Toughts (46)

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    added on 15 Jul, 2019

    That's was a great game btw

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    added on 23 Jul, 2019

    Here are a few ways to become mentally strong:

    1. Be giving/volunteer: Join a group and go to volunteer in a large scale disaster dedicating a week to doing nothing but helping others. Lifting others is always an uplifting experience and spending a week at your own expense to help others earning nothing but finding it to be a more rewarding experience than working for money as usual really frees us from capitalism. Spending a week living and working with people many of whom have lost everything including loved ones really helps us appreciate every single thing and every moment in life as well. The inner happiness from selflessly helping others in times of great need is one that stays with us forever.

    2. Fast: Study intermittent fasting to learn of the benefits of 48 hour or longer fasts. Fasting for days teaches us we’re stronger than we thought, both mentally and physically, including the mental challenge of fasting itself. Once we know we can fast and that fasting is healthy, controlling our weight and health become much easier.

    3. Fight sports: Learn fight sports of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, etc and actually spar, roll and compete on any level. Fight sports are wonderful for teaching both self-confidence as well as humility.

    4. Challenge yourself, always.

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    added on 29 Jul, 2019

    what i learned was this from playing basketball i lossed i score like 2 or 3 point in a game but the whole time in that game i found my weak spots i went online found a denfinsive drills and did it everyday i think the mindset is to find where you did wrong and work on it like kobe said you got to look at your weakness and fix it

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    added on 6 Aug, 2019

    Cockiness can end in defeat.

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    added on 13 Aug, 2019

    Sports psychology broken down nicely.. good explanation under 12:00mins with vivid examples

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    added on 31 Aug, 2019

    people find happiness in criticizing people on internet this is a new form of achieving self esteem .self esteem is the people’s self belief in them achieved through their will power

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    added on 21 Sep, 2019

    man this guy's got studs in his ears but he's got no earlobes. . .
    Sorry I've got scatter focus a lot these days

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    added on 3 Oct, 2019

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    added on 30 Nov, 2019

    felt like a college lecture

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    added on 5 Dec, 2019

    So….Phelps has a cerebral approach as opposed to Bolt. Very whyte statement…typical.

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    added on 9 Dec, 2019

    Feedback is important
    Self talk

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    added on 22 Dec, 2019

    And this ladies and gentleman was my professor this semester and we all almost failed his class. That is all.

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    added on 25 Dec, 2019

    thanks so much can you help to send videos in Whatssup +255652228730

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    added on 25 Dec, 2019

    Video starts at 5:33 . Thank me later!!

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    added on 28 Dec, 2019

    Nice. 4:18

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    added on 3 Jan, 2020

    What a terrible public speaker

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    added on 5 Jan, 2020

    Boring talk, terrible speaker, all packaging no content.

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    added on 6 Jan, 2020

    Succinct and in 12 mins managed to keep me engaged and as always learned a few little nuggets, thanks.

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    added on 10 Feb, 2020
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    added on 10 Feb, 2020
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    added on 12 Feb, 2020

    Anyone else hear the voice cracks?

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    added on 15 Feb, 2020

    Didn't tell,me nothing about coping with pressure! He got £10k for this! Rubbish

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    added on 20 Feb, 2020


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    added on 7 Apr, 2020

    Sadly half these athletes have now been shown as drugs cheats.

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    added on 20 Apr, 2020

    3:40 in and he is still on his introduction; I still don't know what sports psychology is 3 minutes into a 12-minute video; my God.

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    added on 26 Apr, 2020

    Panem et circenses.

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    added on 3 May, 2020


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    added on 13 May, 2020

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    added on 18 May, 2020

    i know that this is super late but this is so good for young athletes like me, this helped so so so much.
    This is great for in my future t think about this is awesome thankyou.

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    added on 2 Jun, 2020

    Let's be honest…, He carries bananas and apples all the time…

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    added on 2 Jun, 2020

    He gave a TedTalk on the basic sports psychology which I learn at gcse and a level.
    Shows how much the field has progressed in 12 years as this was once the in depth sports psychology analysis and now this is just surface level.

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    added on 11 Jun, 2020

    His voice is all over the place

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    added on 12 Jun, 2020

    His voice died and came back to life XD 2:22

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    added on 12 Jun, 2020

    Golf is a terrible example. It's not a proper sport. It's hitting a tiny ball in a hole.

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    added on 24 Jun, 2020

    Why does he keep repeating himself?
    Sports psychology may have the answers…

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    added on 3 Jul, 2020

    Too abstract and wildly generalizing…

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    added on 21 Jul, 2020


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    added on 30 Jul, 2020

    This seems like a lecture from the first days of Sports Psychology 101 class. It’s factual content…but it’s really not a fascinating Ted talk.

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    added on 9 Aug, 2020
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    added on 11 Aug, 2020

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    added on 16 Aug, 2020

    The mental aspect is indeed the hardest part about sports. Pushing yourself physically is no biggie in comparison. Dealing with pressure from an organisation who constantly reminds you that they have invested a lot of money and resources in you is what broke me. I badly needed a sports psychologist.

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    added on 16 Aug, 2020

    O Brasil ainda não tinha sido campeão olímpico, até 2012, informação incorreta.

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    added on 1 Sep, 2020

    sports is deeply connected with Darwinism, just think about it for a sec and you’ll understand why

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    added on 8 Sep, 2020

    Mr mgeeeeee

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    added on 11 Sep, 2020

    4:18 big voice crack there bud.

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