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Published: February 2021
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Author: Gary Bloom
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BIC Subject: Multidiscipline sports
Published By: Penguin Uk
 
Published: 02-Feb-2021
Format: Paperback, 320 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9780241451311
Stock Code: 1451311
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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 afterwards. Why did they miss that penalty? What made him 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, love - chapter-by-chapter the inner traumas that impact their performance are revealed, explained and resolved. Seeing how sportspeople overcome their demons is a powerful way of tackling your own, and as Gary says, happier players play better - in sport and in life.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 afterwards. Why did they miss that penalty? What made him 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, love - chapter-by-chapter the inner traumas that impact their performance are revealed, explained and resolved. Seeing how sportspeople overcome their demons is a powerful way of tackling your own, and as Gary says, happier players play better - in sport and in life.
Gary Bloom is a leading clinical sports psychotherapist who works with elite athletes. He also hosts the award-winning talkSPORT radio show On the Sporting Couch, where he speaks with athletes about difficulties they have had during their careers, and has commentated for over 20 years - notably on Channel 4's iconic Football Italia. Registered with both the BACP and the UKCP, psychotherapy's governing bodies in the UK, he is one of the only sports psychotherapists working within a football league club. This is his first book.