Keeping Your Head in the Game: Untold Stories of the Highs and Lows of a Life in Sport

By Gary Bloom

Drawing on his work with elite athletes, the world's first sports psychotherapist on what to do when life throws you a curveball 'Cracking tales, a great read' Nigel Owens MBE, rugby union referee 'Absolutely fascinating . . . a genuine must-read for anyone interested in the human side of sport' Peter Drury, football commentator 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 and in the press afterwards. 'Why did they miss that penalty?', 'What made them 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 and envy, love - chapter by chapter, the book reveals, explains and attempts to resolve the inner traumas that have an impact on the performance of these sports personalities. Seeing how they overcome their demons is a powerful way of tackling our own and, as Gary says, happier players play better - in sport and in life. 'For anyone interested in competitive sport, what people have to do to get to the top and what that can do to the human psyche' Catherine Jackson, journalist and former editor of Therapy Today 'It's amazing how clubs invest in repairing the bodies of their players whilst largely ignoring their minds. Elite athletes are just as fragile as the rest of us. Happily change is on the way and this must-read book will only accelerate that' Jon Champion, football commentator
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About Author

Gary Bloom

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.

Product Details
Binding : Paperback / softback
Number of Pages : 368
Publisher : Penguin Life
Publication Date : Feb 25, 2021
Weight : 444.00g
ISBN-13 : 9780241451311
Dimension : 234 x 153 x 26(mm)