Doctor gets England into winning mindset

Dr Steve Peters of Sheffield University
Dr Steve Peters of Sheffield University
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A Sheffield psychiatrist who coached sporting stars at the 2012 Olympics is focusing his skills on the England football team to help them prepare for the World Cup.

Dr Steve Peters, a lecturer in medicine at Sheffield University, has already acted as ‘mind mechanic’ to champions including cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton and snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Now he will be supporting England during their World Cup campaign, which kicks off in June in Brazil.

Dr Peters’ methods are based on the ‘chimp model’ - in which the irrational, emotional side of an individual’s personality is depicted as a chimp. This helps people understand how their minds work, and how they can manage them.

The psychiatrist said his latest job was a ‘great privilege’.

“The power of the mind is often underestimated, but in actual fact mind management can help elite athletes and senior managers alike to operate with greater control, focus and confidence,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team to help them try to be as prepared as they can possibly be.”