Human Performance Psychology – Enhance & Restore Performance

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Athlete’s Mental Skills

Athlete’s Mental Skills

Across the world of elite sport, a problem pops up over and over again, athlete’s mental game

Top athletes under-perform when expectations are highest. One thing goes wrong, then another, then another. Soon, the higher-ranking opponent collapses and no one is really sure why.

“The core of the problem is the wrong view of how the human mind actually works. Feelings and emotions are the foundation to thought – not the other way around. We have a flat earth-round earth moment right now where most advisors fear the round earth yet it’s exactly the path to greater horizons and specifically the path for athletes to use to outperform under pressure.”

That is according to Denise Shull, a Performance Coach who serves as the Principal of the ReThink Group, a New York-based human capital consultancy that leverages the latest neuroscience and psychological research into creating new levels of human performance.

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Is Success Based on Failure?

Is Success Based on Failure?

Is it OK to fail? Most people believe that failure is something to be embarrassed about, and even a subject that needs to be avoided, in order to show others only the “good side”. On contrary, my believes are

Attention Deficit Disorder Test

ADHD/Attention Deficit Disorder Test

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Performance Psychology

Performance Psychology

Over the past half century, the branch of performance psychology has grown dramatically to focus on studying the human factors that enable individuals, teams, and groups to reach their goals for achieving success.

Although it is often stereotypically associated with high-end performance in the arena of professional sports, the discipline studies human traits that can be applied to performance in business, performing arts, fitness, the military, or any other domain with a performance component.

In fact, many performance psychologists conduct their work with the goal of facilitating peak performance guidelines into best practice through even the most mundane elements of our daily lives and interpersonal relationships too.


What Performance Psychologists Do

Performance psychologists are given the responsibility of helping individuals or groups of people identify the positive mindset for developing, enhancing, and maintaining optimal human performance in a variety of applications.

Whether working with athletes, singers, dancers, actors, business owners, soldiers, leaders, doctors, or just average joes, performance psychologists will draw on psychological principles on the human mind to develop the mental skills that are needed to become better at what they already excel at. In most cases, performance psychologists will conduct research studies on attitude, motivation, personality, teamwork, leadership, visualization, self-programming, concentration, training, and other related domains to develop a toolkit that can be utilized to obtain peak performance.

Performance psychologists have the mission of broadening clients’ skills and training them with more healthy habits to perform consistently at high levels in pressure situations.


Different Career Options in Performance Psychology

Through their expertise in goal-setting and mental training for improved performance, these psychologists can find a wide variety of career options available in helping people work towards becoming the highest possible versions of themselves. As with in other branches, performance psychologists are often employed in academia as university or college professors to teach courses in the field as well as conduct research studies on peak performance.

However, those who take a practitioner approach are more likely to be found providing training insights in private practices, corporations, professional athletic teams, schools, community clinics, performing arts organizations, fitness centers, and even certain hospital departments.


How to Become a Performance Psychologist

Master’s degree programs are available to prepare students for careers in coaching or consulting work, but they will not fulfill the qualifications for becoming a psychologist. In most cases, performance psychologists earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from an accredited graduate school to provide an adequate academic foundation for specializing their career in this discipline.

While there are an increased number of programs available specifically in performance or sports psychology, many aspiring performance psychologists are trained in counseling, clinical, cognitive-behavioral, industrial/organizational, or community psychology before choosing their concentration area in performance.

Students who are enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral degree programs will be required to complete a year-long internship, which should be completed in a setting related to performance.

As the difference between success and failure grows larger in our society, many individuals in sports, business, performing arts, and other high performance domains are increasingly seeking out psychologists with the skills to help them become better tomorrow than they are today.

Therefore, performance psychology is a developing discipline that strives to meet this demand by producing scientifically proven strategies for building stronger mental health and facilitating peak performance among top achievers in all domains.



Cut Weight Before a Fight

How To Cut Weight Before a Fight

To cut weight before a fight can be challenging, but weigh class divisions exist so the matches are more equitable in terms of body size, strength and agility.

However, many athletes in different combat sports acutely reduce body mass in an attempt to get an advantage by competing against lighter, smaller and weaker opponents.

In modern MMA, cutting weight for many athletes has seemingly become more of a strongly advised requirement than an advantage. This is due to that in modern MMA most athletes cut weight to get into a lower weight class, especially when the athletes neutral weight lays right between two weight divisions or just slightly above one.

There are also other factors such as the potential energy loss from cutting weight that can directly affect performance. Therefore, in most cases the advantage of weight cutting becomes less prevalent and balances itself out. Although there are successful cases of athletes gaining weight to get into a higher weight class this section of the paper will more focus on the methods used in weight cutting and the potential benefits and harms of them.

In professional MMA weigh-in (where the athlete’s weights are taken to make sure they are within their weight category) happens around 24 hours before the fight itself This potentially changes the degree of how much an athlete can cut weight before the fight compared to an amateur combat sport event that can have the weigh – in on the same day of the event.

Weight cutting strategies have been in literature usually divided into two categories; Neutral/Gradual Weight Loss (NWL or GWL) and Rapid Weight Loss (RWL) (Franchini et al. 2012a, Coswig et al. 2015). RWL has been characterized by reductions of 5 to 10%+ of body weight in less than a 3-7 days.

Many methods have been utilized by athletes during a weight cut week including; reduced liquid/energy (Carbohydrates & fat) ingestion, saunas, heat suits/bag or fasting.

Aggressive methods like specific diuretics, laxatives and vomiting have also been reported but are rare. It is important to note that diuretics are forbidden by the World Antidoping Agency.

The scientific community seems to lean more towards that RWL methods are very likely to cause some form of negative implications on physical performance. The negative effects that have been demonstrated in studies include: decreased short-term memory, concentration, lower lactate levels (less efficient anaerobic system), decreased testosterone/cortisol ratio, specific muscle damage markers and dehydration.

One study on 40 MMA athletes looked at the effects of RWL on hydration markers 22 hours after weigh-in and 2 hours before the bout. At this point the MMA athletes had gained approx. 4.4% of their body mass back (around 2 – 2.5 kg). Urine specific gravity markers (used to measure dehydration) significantly reduced in 39% of participants indicating serious dehydration just before the bout (Jetton et al. 2013).

It is important to note that unfortunately this study did not report the average amount of weight dropped during the RWL process, so strong conclusions are hard to draw. Another study on MMA athletes showed that using RWL methods to drop around 10% of mass increased the risk of muscle damage markers and catabolic expression pre- and post-bout.

One study on 7 experienced Judo athletes showed no effect on anaerobic performance markers (Wingate test) after a 5% reduction in weight within 5-7 days using own selected RWL methods. The even more intriguing fact was that weigh in was only 4 hours before performance tests. It was also reported that the test group consumed large amount of carbohydrates and food after weigh.

Another study with nearly the exact same set up (5 % reduction, 4-hour recovery window) with 18 combat sport athletes showed no effect on high intensity performance with own selected RWL methods. This study also found no difference between experienced and unexperienced athletes.

In regard to the magnitude of weight loss, Franchini reported that in Judo and Wrestling a considerable amount of athletes (40%) reduce 5-10% of body weight and many athletes reported more than 10% weight cuts.

There seems to be adequate evidence on positive recovery markers with athletes dropping 5% of their mass using RWL methods (Artioli et al. 2010, Mendes et al. 2013), but no studies yet to my knowledge have looked at how a 10% weight cut effects performance markers. Plenty of studies are needed in this area to confirm details, but it seems that many of the negative effects of RWL can be avoided with appropriate guidelines.


From the research made, we can conclude that, if cut weight before a fight, it is better to have organic growth in performance too. For that is best too:   

  • If possible use gradual weight loss (easier to imply if the athlete has to reduce under 5%).
  • Aim to maximize body fat loss and minimize muscle wasting and dehydration when adjusting weight.
  • The athlete who needs to cut weight from the body fat, should not be reduced under 5% for men and 12% for women.
  • During the weight loss period, strength training and BCAA supplementation is necessary (basically getting enough quality protein), because will help preserve muscle mass.
  • During the recovery period after weigh-in, we encourage athletes to consume high amounts of carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes. Creatine monohydrate supplementation may also be of use if the athlete will recover for a long period after weighing-in.
  • Also the coach should always take into consideration each athlete separately in how they react to cutting weight.


Recommendations for weight cutting and better recovery.


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