Nine things we learned from the TASS Lifestyle Conference


Last week more than 70 sports professionals got together in Birmingham for what was the largest ever gathering of Lifestyle practitioners and professional bodies.

With ten expert speakers presenting on a variety of topical subjects such as athlete welfare, mental health issues, coaching techniques, as well as a compelling keynote from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, delegates were certainly provided with food for thought.

As such to reflect on the takeaway messages from the two-day Lifestyle event, we wanted to select some of our guests’ key learnings. Here are our top nine:

1. Impact – “Dual careers can have a positive impact on performance”

2. Network – “Transferable skills have a positive influence on the network”

3. Identify – “The importance of recognizing mental health issues”

4. Environment – “Providing a comfortable and trusting support environment”

5. Resilience – “Developing coping strategies at an early age to build resilience”

6. Transitions – “Awareness of psycho-social and financial as well as age-sport transitions”

7. Analysis – “Aiming to increase the athlete’s self-awareness and resourcefulness”

8. Goals – “Asking powerful questions to achieve specific goals from a meeting”

9. Referral – “Awareness of when you should signpost to other support services”