Nick Hartland |

Head racing: Mind over matter

Mental preparation can improve your head racing performance, according to Dr Chris Shambrook, the GB Rowing Team’s sports psychologist. Nick Hartland reports

Dr Chris Shambrook advises the GB Rowing Team and his advice might help your crew’s performance too.

“Get the mental things in place and it will help you feel more in control before the race, more confident during it, and more able to learn afterwards,” he says.

Here are his top six tips for gaining a mental edge in the glow of the competition headlights.

Tip 1: Control the controllables

Rowers should be really clear about their pre-race routine, so they can be “consistent in an inconsistent environment”, surrounded by the chaos of rowers and boats.

“Think about what you want to focus on before boating, when there’s lots going on,” says Shambrook.

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