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Identifying the factors that influence high-level performance has become a subject of significant scientific interest not only in regards to Jamaican sprinters but sport worldwide. Commonly referred to as sports science the field of sports psychology is highly inter-disciplinary, drawing on cutting-edge research from diverse scientific areas, such as genetics, physiology, nutrition and psychology. At the genetic level, the body's responsiveness to training is influenced by the regulation of genes that affect oxygen uptake and the capacity for skeletal muscle adaptation.

Psychology, by contrast, investigates stress-related factors and achievement motivated behavior in athletes independently of genetic effects. Finally, neuroscientists have recently started to investigate movement dynamics in sports and the brain's role in controlling muscle performance.

However it is Psychology which is of focus here and over the last two decades there has been a significant amount of attention given to psychological techniques to help give athletes a winning edge over competitors. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is by far one of the most common techniques being employed within the sporting world to help athletes overcome mental barriers and make significant strides in their achievement.

Many athletes at the top of their game have turned to psychologists and NLP coaches to develop a mental edge. For example, motivational expert Tony Robbins has worked with figures from the sporting world such as tennis legends Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, NBA Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley and The Ultimate Fighter winner, Diego Sanchez. In his book on performance psychology, "Psycho-Cybernetics," Maxwell Maltz lists golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and Olympic diver Greg Louganis as case studies for the benefits of sports psychology.

"But what is the relevance of this to the spiritual nature of man, human potential and peak performance?"  Find out now by downloading "More Than Human"

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