Dr Joy Bringer, CPsychol, is an HPC-Registered Sport
Psychologist, working full-time with elite athletes and coaches at
Sport Wales in Cardiff.
A Chartered Psychologist, Joy is accredited to the High
Performance Sport level with the British Association of Sport and
Exercise Sciences and in her role has travelled to Athens and
Beijing supporting British Paralympians, and to Melbourne and Delhi
as a sport psychologist for Wales' Commonwealth Games Team.
"I have been working at Sport Wales as a Senior Psychologist
since 2003, helping elite athletes and their coaches train and
perform better. When I start working with a sport, athlete or
coach, we will go through a process of a 'needs analysis' where we
will identify areas where improvements might be made. This could
include teaching skills such as goal setting, refocusing
strategies, imagery, and managing emotions."
"I work within a team of sport scientists and sports medicine
providers, so whenever possible I link in with the other support
staff. For example, if an athlete wants to improve concentration
during competition, the performance nutritionist will work with the
athlete to develop an appropriate nutrition plan for competition
days, and I will help the athlete with refocusing strategies."
Five members of staff from the Sport Wales Institute are being
followed by BBC Radio Wales to look at the work going on behind the
scenes in the build up to London 2012.
Find out more about Joy Bringer and the work she does with Welsh