Mental-toughness: A performer’s perspective

Mental-toughness: A performer’s perspective

Normally, I find myself explaining the wonders of sports-psychology and positive self-talk to my fellow musician friends. In the next few blog posts, I’ll be inverting what I know, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve practiced, and exploring it back in the world of endurance sports.

Coach Michael sent me this video not too long ago with the message “this has GOT to be a post!” My reaction to the video was pretty much just as enthusiastic: “that is so cool! And something I’m so SO interested in as a performer who has dabbled in the world of sports psychology for music performance”.

If you have some time, watch Professor Samuele Marcora talk about the mind. This video is about 15 minutes long, and very interesting!

Taken from the youtube video description: “Muscle fatigue due to limited oxygen delivery and lactic acid accumulation is thought to set the speed an endurance athlete can sustain during a competition (e.g. the marathon). This is because above that speed, muscle fatigue would develop too quickly and the athlete would reach exhaustion before the finish line. In this lecture, Professor Samuele Marcora from the University of Kent challenges this physiological model of endurance performance, and proposes an alternative model in which perception of effort and motivation are the main factors determining endurance performance. He also discusses how this psychobiological model can be used to develop innovative interventions aimed at further improving endurance performance.”

Coming up in the next blog post, I will tell you more about my background in performance and sport, and how those two worlds are so intricately linked.

-Katherine Watson

X3 Team
Professional Musician


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