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Health Check

BBC World Service

Health, Fitness & Nutrition, Technology

Health Check grapples with health issues on a global scale, investigates discoveries and solutions in healthcare, and looks at how to deliver a healthier world. Presented by Claudia Hammond.

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Olympic Minds 2/3

August 17th, 2016

Episode 108 of 125 episodes

In Rio athletes from around the world have spent years training and they know that to get gold it’s essential to keep it together mentally in those crucial minutes or even seconds that will make all the difference. In the second of her series on the Olympic Mind, Claudia Hammond is looking at the psychology of choking. Why is it that for athletes at the peak of their performance, sometimes it can all go wrong – very wrong. Just think of the England football team which has on many occasions missed penalties at a crucial time. To find out what happens in the mind at these all-important moments Claudia has been to talk to Professor Geir Jourdet at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. He explains how he helps footballers deal with performance stress. Former country cricketer and psychologist Steve Sylvester also talks to Claudia about how he has helped individual sportspeople overcome their fear of failing at key moments. Claudia meets the coaching team at the Norwegian Premier League football club, Lillestrom, as they consider how to use psychology to help them get back to winning matches. Dr Frank Abrahamsen, also of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, talks about being his country’s team psychologist at a number of Olympic Games. Photo: Italy's forward Pelle (L) misses a penalty against Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Germany and Italy (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

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