High Performance – Australian Rugby and Sydney HEMS

Providing exceptional critical care to a severely injured patient and kicking the winning goal in World Cup Rugby to most will seem many worlds apart. Dr Nathan Trist, one of our current senior PHRM registrars, is a former professional rugby player who has insight into both of these worlds and highlights the lessons learnt across both of these fields.

In this talk he discusses high performance with Australian Wallaby player, Bernard Foley. Known as the “Iceman”, the goal kicker uses positive self talk, exceptional training and intense focus on the task at hand to perform at his best. Performing with pressure requires an understanding of how you react to these factors and developing triggers to centre yourself when this pressure arrives.

Have a process and rehearse these skills in training, trigger process activation in missions and reflect on not just actions, but thoughts in mission review.

“Keep your head down and stay tall to the kick” – Bernard Foley

The team at Sydney HEMS wanted to express our appreciation to Bernard for taking the time to talk with Nathan and the team at our recent Sydney HEMS Education day.

Lauria MJ, Gallo IA, Rush S, Brooks J, Spiegel R, Weingart SD. Psychological Skills to Improve Emergency Care Providers’ Performance Under Stress. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Dec;70(6):884-890. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.03.018. Epub 2017 Apr 29. PMID: 28460863.

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