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Lifestyles and mindsets of Olympic, Paralympic and world champions : is an integrated approach the key to elite performance ? / Lauren Burns, Juanita Ruth Weissensteiner, Marc Cohen

Burns, Lauren | Weissensteiner, Juanita Ruth | Cohen, Marc

The holy grail of any nation in the global sporting race is to better understand, replicate and sustain podium winning performances on the world stage. International sporting bodies advocate a holistic approach to the athletic profile and environmental and system-level factors required for world-class sporting performance, yet key lifestyle, relational, training and performance practices are commonly overlooked. This study aimed to explore the contribution, interplay, and impact of lifestyle and psychological factors among a sample of world-class, champion athletes. Open-ended, semistructured face-to-face interviews were conducted with 10 World, Olympic and Paralympic Champion athletes.

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