Mental Health in Sport: Why I Quit Athletics (and Why I Came Back) by Jordanna Morrish

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At 13, I was a great high jumper and combined eventer with a lot of potential. By the time I was 17, my future in athletics had more or less come to an end, and it had nothing to do with injuries or a lack of passion for athletics. I felt alone, had no guidance, not enough money, and had made little progress over the few years that I had been competing. Growing up in Cornwall and being isolated from the athletics community was a big part of that, but ultimately my decision to leave the sport cam…

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Beliefs and Wellbeing: Do the Way that Athletes Think Influence Their Mental Health? by Paul Mansell


Stressors can often feel overwhelming for athletes. Constant judgement from being in a results-driven environment, concerns about contracts not being renewed, receiving criticism from significant others, demanding schedules, and the inevitable injuries are all stressors that athletes must frequently navigate. Stressors such as these have the potential to undermine their mental health, with studies indicating that athletes are prone to experiencing clinical anxiety and depression. Accordingly, it…

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It’s Never Too Late... by Eugene Amo-Dadzie


Author Biography:

Name: Eugene Amo-Dadzie

Age: 30

Event: 100m

Performance Level: International Level

Contribution topic area: Mindset

Who Am I?

I am a Christian, qualified chartered accountant, husband, and father to the most beautiful girl in the world. I made the decision to take up the sport at the age of 26 after a good friend of mine asked me why I had never considered pursuing a sport I have always been very passionate about. I guess the rest is history as here I am 4 seasons late…

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#4 Out of Retirement to the Olympic Games with Abigail Irozuru


This episode with Abigail Irozuru has it all, regardless of where you are on your athletics journey, you'll take something away.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

02:21 - The importance of recovery
04:45 - Coaching and training setups
07:25 - Career-ending injuries
08:50 - Missing an Olympic Games
12:20 - Using optimism as fuel
18:45 - Reflecting on Abi's junior career
27:30 - Burnout
31:15 - Being a student-athlete
37:15 - Going to "Non-Sport" universities as athletes
43:15 - I…

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Top 3 Tips for Balancing Boarding School and Sport by James Taylor

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Having spent the last five years managing academic commitments at a boarding school (Eton College) alongside the demands of athletics training and competition; I’ve identified three things that I would like to have known sooner.

The combination of athletics and boarding school has led to success for several athletes; Jazmin Sawyers (2023 European Long Jump Champion), who studied at Millfield; and Lawrence Clarke (4th 110mH 2012 Olympics) who attended Eton College. When you’re on the way back from…

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#3 Your Mind Is the ONLY Thing Holding You Back with Seamus Derbyshire & Matt Roberts

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It's not every day you get to listen to an international athlete speak with their psychological performance coach...

In this episode of TAP Talks, we sat down with Great Britain 400m hurdler Seamus Derbyshire and Matt Roberts, AKA Psychological Performance.

Here's what you can expect from the chat:

00:30 - 01:45 Introductions

01:45 - 07:40 How COVID impacted Seamus and Matt

09:50 - Sacrifices you make as an athlete

12:00 - What being on funding is like

14:50 - Seamus’ parents supporting him a…

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#2 Career Threatening Injuries & World-Class Training Groups with GB High Jumper Joel Clarke-Khan


In this episode of TAP Talks, we chat with GB High Jumper Joel Clarke-Khan about what it's like to train in one of the best groups in the world, career-threatening injuries, and so much more...

Joel is a British high jumper boasting a personal best of 2.27m. He broke onto the scene in 2016 when he made the European U18 GB team. Following this, he cleared 2.20m minutes before rupturing his ACL...

We discuss how difficult this was mentally, how it shaped his career and his advice to young athlet…

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#1 Introduction to the Podcast


Welcome to The Athlete Place (TAP) Talks, peer-to-peer guidance for athletics athletes.

At The Athlete Place, we aim to innovate athletics and improve your performance and wellbeing in new and exciting ways.

This show discusses real-life athlete experiences and guidance to make your time in the sport more straightforward and enjoyable.

In this episode, Joe introduces himself, the show and how it will work going forward. 

We can't wait to get this going! 🎉

Click here for more informati…

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Shoe Regulations Explained by Imani Esmaail


Shoe technology in athletics has made some huge advances in recent years. The new wave of shoes in the sport have been dubbed ‘super shoes’ they generally feature carbon plates and/or thick soles.

The developments have not been without controversy with some saying that athletes’ performances have improved significantly with the new shoes and therefore the shoes should be banned. Others argue that there is not enough scientific data to prove whether the shoes are actually making athletes perform…

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The Importance of Sleep by Sandy Wilson MSc


How do you sleep?

How often do you think about and reflect on your sleep as an athlete? Maybe once or twice a month, maybe in passing as you bemoan how tired you are feeling before training? For something that we do for several hours every day of our lives, sleep is often relegated to an afterthought, something that we have to do but if anything is a bit of an inconvenience.

My name is Sandy and I was previously a sprinter for Bath University and Scotland. Having left the sport through inj…

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