Performance Under Pressure – Setting the Scene



Performance Under Pressure – Setting the Scene

04/09/2017
Presenter: Dr Kirsten Peterson, Head of Performance Psychology, AIS

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Synopsis

During last year’s Knowledge Growth Forum, the view was expressed consistently that the Australian high performance system needs to better support athletes and coaches to perform under the pressure of major benchmark events. Terms like ‘mental toughness’, ‘being comfortable with the uncomfortable’, ‘resilience’ and ‘performing under pressure’ were used interchangeably for describing a phenomena whereby Australian athletes, who qualified for Olympic / Paralympic finals comfortably, did not perform to their potential when it came to winning medals. In this presentation, Dr Kirsten Peterson will attempt to unpack this phenomenon, and set a framework for understanding how the system might consider preparing athletes, coaches and their support teams to better perform when it matters most. This presentation will initiate a series of talks based on the notion of performing under pressure.