AFL players spend years putting their bodies through gruelling training regimes just for the chance to play in a Grand Final.
They are surrounded by armies of sports scientists, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning experts who help them avoid injuries and maintain their bodies in perfect condition.
But mental preparation is just as important, particularly at the pointy end of the season.
Dr Craig Harms, from Edith Cowan University’s School of Arts and Humanities, has been working with football, rugby and cricket players for more than 20 years to help them improve their mental performance.
In the latest episode of the Body of Knowledge podcast, he explains what players and teams should do to ensure they are mentally prepared for big games.
His tips include:
Body of Knowledge is Edith Cowan University’s research podcast. Each month it examines a hot topic or burning question through the lens of science.
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