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I Can: The Teenage Athlete’s Guide to Mental Fitness

Josephine Perry

“This book is an invaluable guide for any young athlete wanting to build their mental toolkit, and practising the suggested exercises is a great way to kickstart success in sport and other areas of life”

Lizzie Simmonds
Double Olympian, Business Coach, Blogger

“This book will provide young athletes the opportunity to reach their full potential”

“This book is wonderfully accessible to younger athletes, with chapters and topics that will resonate with them in their lives both in and out of sport”

Laurence Halstead
two-time Olympian, Performance Director: Danish Fencing Federation, Director of Mentoring: The True Athlete Project

“This book is a go-to for any teenage athlete who wants to master their mindset”

Jo Davies
Chartered Sport Psychologist

“An insightful and practical approach providing much needed support and understanding for young people”

Jenny Coady
High Performance Coach Developer, UK Coaching, Performance Coach: West Ham United Women, Former International Basketball Player and Coach

“..‘I Can’ is an invaluable tool for young athletes to develop confidence, conquer their nerves, become braver, learn to deal with setbacks and control their emotions to help them to become successful in whatever they set their mind to”

James Spragg
Cycling Coach

“..this book is a valuable tool for anyone of any age hoping to achieve high-performance goals in sport – or any other endeavour for that matter”

James Cunnama
Professional Triathlete, South Africa

“..a must-read primer filled with accessible, practical, and evidence-based techniques for any teenager aspiring to harness their mindset for success”

Dr Andrew Wood
Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

“I often wonder how many times I underperformed due to lack of confidence. “I Can” is what was missing”

Greg Bennett
Multiple Triathlon World Series Champion, Olympian, Podcast host - The Greg Bennett Show

“This book is not just key for young athletes, but also extremely useful for sport psychologists working with this population”

Dr Amy Whitehead,
School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

“Learning lessons from this book may have helped me considerably through the trials and tribulations that is competitive sport. I could have won more medals, being more satisfied and probably been kinder to myself in general”

Jodie Swallow
Olympian, ITU Long Distance World Champion, Ironman 70.3 World Champion

“I’d have loved to have had this as a teenager”

Amy Williams MBE
Olympic Champion, Broadcaster, PT


Paperback isbn: 9781914110009
Pages: 224
Publication Date: April 1st 2021


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Table of contents


1.  I can be successful

2. I can handle my nerves

3.  I can improve

4.  I can be confident

5.  I can control my emotions

6.  I can concentrate

7.  I can bounce back

8.  I can belong

9.  I can feel like an athlete

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About the book

I can. It is the mantra of many successful athletes.

The successful athletes we all enjoy watching and aspire to join don’t just work physically hard – they learn how to use their brain really well too. In their time in sport they have learnt tonnes of mental skills and have honed a performance focused mindset to give themselves the best chance of achieving their sporting dreams. This book is designed to help you become one of these athletes. Someone whose body can already show off brilliant sporting skills but who now wants to learn to master the mental skills too.

The book covers what it takes to be successful, how to handle competition nerves, ways to push harder and get braver, techniques to build your confidence, ways to improve your emotional control, activities to increase your concentration and focus, tactics for dealing with setbacks and injury, advice on how to feel comfortable in the sporting world and finally tips on how to look after your wellbeing as an athlete.

In each chapter there are questions to think about and answer, activities to complete and elite insights and interviews from some of the best athletes in the world. The skills we cover will not only help you in sport, but also in school, music, and any other hobbies.

So, if you want to be able to say ‘I can’ with confidence and know that you can handle whatever your sport throws at you, then open up this book and get started on developing your mindset for sporting success.

About the author

Dr Josephine Perry is a Chartered Sport Psychologist who has worked in 24 sports, with novice athletes just starting out through to world champions. She teaches athletes the skills they need to overcome barriers to success and ensures they feel more comfortable and confident when they compete. She helps athletes set realistic but exciting goals, overcome fears or anxieties around competition, develops their techniques to deal with those periods when it feels like their mind is self-sabotaging their ambitions and gets athletes to the start of their competitions feeling confident and excited.

Dr Josephine Perry

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