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The Sports Neuropsychology Clinic provides a tailored service to athletes experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, changes in their brain and/or emotional well-being. All of our clients are comprehensively assessed and supported by a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Sports Neuropsychologist who works closely with a wider neuro-specialist multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy, where necessary.

Many athletes experience difficulties including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. At the Sports Neuropsychology Clinic, we work with them to provide bespoke, structured psychological talking therapies to support and overcome these difficulties.

Other athletes, particularly those in contact sports, most commonly boxing and rugby, are also vulnerable to changes in the brain as a result of head trauma, concussion and single or multiple sub-concussive blows to the head.  The result can be include significant change in neuropsychological functioning or cognition, which is suggestive of substantial effect on the brain itself.  Broadly, cognitive skills are thinking skills which include areas such as memory, attention and concentration, speed of processing information, executive skills (e.g. planning and organisation), perception and language. Comprehensive assessment of these skills, a "Neuropsychological assessment", is a sensitive and informative way to detect changes, often before these are even seen in brain scans, to inform cognitive rehabilitation interventions to support these skills and minimise the impact on day-to-day life and of course, on an athlete's professional career.

Whether an athlete's difficulties originate from psychological (emotional) or neuropsychological (brain) changes, there can be an effect on:

  • Cognition (thinking skills)
  • Personality
  • Behaviour
  • Mental health e.g. depression or anxiety

At the Sports Neuropsychology Clinic, we believe that a thorough assessment and understanding of these difficulties can inform evidence-based treatment and intervention programmes, which we tailor to the individual and their unique needs.