Insights from a Performance Psychologist


Dr. Kate Kirby is currently the Head of Performance Psychology at the Institute of Sport in Dublin. Kate has worked with Irelands top athletes for over a decade. Providing her expertise to numerous sporting bodies including; The GAA, The IRFU, and most notably The Irish Olympic teams.

Kate has attended both the London and Rio Olympic Games, providing her expertise as a performance psychologist to athletes from various disciplines. Kates contribution to Annalise Murphy’s Olympic silver medal is but one accolade of Kates decorated career.

With a BA in Applied Psychology, a MSc in Sport Psychology and a PhD from UCD, Kates extensive knowledge of the field can be heard in an approachable way on this episode.

We discuss the implications psychology has on our performance and how athletes need to be mentally (as well as physically fit) in order to perform at their best. Kate works with athletes on an individual and team based level to help them maximise their performance potential. She believes in using simple problem solving techniques to empower athletes to reach their goals and perform when it matters most.

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