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The Rugby Bricks Podcast

May 28, 2020

In this episode, we go deep on performance anxiety with sports psychologist Devin Markle. 

Devin has experience working with athletes at every level, from youth development programs, high school, and college through to Olympic and pro-athletes. She's developed curriculums for the NFL and the NBA Pre-Draft programs. 

Devin earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University. Following her training at Boston University, Devin earned certification by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. She is also completing her Psy.D. from California Southern University. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at California Lutheran University.

In this episode we cover: 

  • The differences between stress and anxiety and how to recognize this in your performance

  • How to overcome anxiety and look for those cues so that your team and coaches can support you when you're under pressure 

  • The origins of anxiety and how to accept this as a useful tool versus an issue that you have to face every day

  • Changing your self talk to allow you to perform at your peak versus your most worried 

This episode was something we wanted to bring together as we're now moving out of lockdown and performance pressure is returning to everyone in some way or form. 

Grab a pen, grab a note pad and start looking at how you can implement the gems that were dropped in this episode.