Running is often mind over the body when training for an event. Runners World Magazine gets some psychological tips from Sean McCann.
Imagine what it takes to win a race, especially at the professional or Olympic level. Imagine the level of mental toughness that is required while running to push your body to new levels of extreme exertion while you train. Then imagine a pandemic who leaves athletes wondering how to train and when their next event will be held.
This is what sports psychologists help athletes deal with.
The U.S. Sports Psychologist for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sean McCann, through Runners World Magazine, offers athletes some sound advice and tips, based on his many years of experience. Check them out below.
Mental Health Tips All Runners Can Use Right Now
These tips from the U.S. Olympic sports psychologist can be applied to runners at every level.
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Sean McCann, senior sports psychologist for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), is on the frontlines when it comes to providing support for athletes’ mental health. For weeks, Olympic hopefuls were faced with a looming question: How would they train safely and compete at the Games during a pandemic?
When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the Tokyo Games would be postponed to 2021, many U.S. athletes felt relief in response to the decision, even if their Olympic dreams would be put on hold. By virtual means, McCann and the USOPC team have taken a purposeful approach to assisting athletes and coaches through the changes.
“It’s about effectively coping with what we’ve got, just starting to sort of mentally and physically cross-train, and make sure that we are as healthy as we can be right now,” McCann said.