University psychiatrist to help England football team get ready for World Cup

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• Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, a lecturer in medicine at the University of Sheffield, has been recruited by England Manager Roy Hodgson

• Dr Peters has already been brain trainer to Bradley Wiggins and scores of Olympic champions and sports stars

• Steven Gerrard credits Dr Peters for helping him recover during his 2010 injury

A University of Sheffield lecturer, who has helped British cyclists win Olympic gold, is set to use his skills on the England football team as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.

Dr Steve PetersPsychiatrist Dr Peters, a lecturer in medicine at the University, has already been mind mechanic to multiple champions including Bradley Wiggins; Sir Chris Hoy, six times Olympic Champion and 11 times World Champion; and Victoria Pendleton, World and Olympic Champion.

His pioneering psychological preparation, which has also extended to snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, is based on the Chimp Model – whereby the irrational, emotional side of our personality is depicted as a chimp – to help people understand how their minds work and how they can manage them.

During the summer of 2012, he coached sporting stars full time at the Olympics and Paralympics and will now help England ahead of them kicking off their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June.

England captain Steven Gerrard has publically spoken of his admiration for Dr Peters and said if it was not for him, he could have been forced to retire following a serious injury he suffered four years ago.

He said: “At the time for six to eight weeks I'd seen three or four surgeons and they weren't really convincing me that I could maybe play again so I turned to him.

"He helps you with positivity, the power of thought, and staying upbeat, that sort of stuff.

"It was a very important stage in my career. I went to see him and I can only speak very highly of my private one on ones with him.”

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