Do you ever wonder why some athletes are so consistent in their performance while others are all over the map? If factors like nutrition, training, and physiological capacity are similar between two people, especially at elite levels, there must be a hidden difference or two in why one person consistently outperforms another.

A huge piece of that difference is psychological. An easily derailed athlete might catastrophize when things don’t go as planned. Prior experience may lead that athlete to experience negative emotions, increased stress, and increased self-doubt. They lack resilience. Once a moment of negativity is allowed to creep in…

Derek Clark

Endurance sports and running Physical Therapist at Mountain Ridge PT. Obsessions: running injuries, training, gait analysis, physiological adaptation, bacon.

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