Below is a brief background Hugh’s experience. Feel free to contact by email at PodiumPsychology@gmail.com for further info of what can be done to help you reach the winners podium or perform better
Consultant : Hugh J. Gilmore
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Sport and Exercise Science
- Master of Science with Distinction in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- BASES (prob)
- Irish Institute of Sport Accredited Psychologist
Hugh has worked with All Ireland winners, World Champions, Olympians and also the opposite end of that spectrum. With experience in delivering Sport & Performance Psychology to GAA athletes,/teams rugby players, weightlifters, netball, ultramarathon runners including the MDS and athletics (Track and Field). These range from under-age to masters athletes in club settings and university settings.
Hugh is currently with the English Institute of Sport delivering sport psychology to the British Weightlifting team in preparation for Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
Professional standards are important for our profession.
With in the UK and Ireland there are 3 main bodies with which all those who are fit to practise must be registered.
- The Irish Institute of sport
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
- British Psychological Society
One of the most damaging things to the Sport Psychology profession is the proliferation of “personal development coaches”, “NLP trainers”, “mind coaches” and “motivational speakers”. The danger with people who give themselves such titles is a that in many cases they are untrained or practising unscientific techniques. The difference between someone practicing sport psychology is that what they do is underpinned by scientific theory and proven to work. Furthermore in most cases a sport psych will work to make himself redundant in order that the client progresses to become self sustained and adopts the use of psychological tools to further improve performance.
The difference with the aforementioned motivational speakers is they will excite you for the time that they talk but leave you with no actual tools or skills to develop; it might feel good while it lasts, but unfortunately it doesn’t last long, the best one can hope for in working with such people is that their impact is not negative to performance and is merely a waste of time.
It is important that whenever you seek Sport Psychology support that the person you use belongs to the appropriate organisation this will ensure that they are suitably qualified and competent.
If you have any queries about this feel free to make contact.