Steve Peters goes from world-record sprinter to World Cup shrink
What’s the biggest pressure cooker in sports? If not the Olympics or Super Bowl, try the World Cup soccer tournament. And who can help you cope under the strain? In Britain, it’s Dr. Steven Peters, the perennial shrink to the stars. He’s famed for helping the UK cycling team grab Olympic hardware. Now we learn that Steve is tapped to help the Brits prepare for Brazil 2014. This report is a good summary, which quotes an adviser to England manager Roy Hodgson as saying: â€œSteve Peters canâ€™t help you to do a Cruyff turn better or hit a 40-yard pass any more accurately than you can do it. Steve Peters is not going to help the players run an extra 100 or 200 metres or make them any quicker, although he is a sprinter himself, but what I can guarantee, if the players buy into it, he will be able to help them with mental preparation and make them understand how the mind works, especially when you are going into pressure situations.” Good on you, Steve!