Mental fatigue and its impact on performance


Maybe you’ve lost your zest for training. You’re feeling increasingly unmotivated. Or constantly tired and emotional.

You are likely demonstrating mental fatigue!

Mental fatigue can happen when your brain receives too much continual stimulation or has to maintain intense level of activity without rest.   

Gymnastics Wellbeing Manager Katrina Mulcahy says all athletes, no matter how experienced, need time to reset and recharge or they will be at mental fatigue risk.  

“If you are an athlete that is displaying signs of mental fatigue, it’s time to review the reasons and make changes,” she said. “It’s important to manage your sporting experience as a holistic athlete.”

The wellbeing expert said it’s important to collaborate with your coach to develop an individual training plan. The plan, created with the right experts, needs to consider monitoring of mental fatigue, rest, recovery, nutrition, strength and conditioning and your study and work commitments. 

“Let your support team know all your needs in and out of sport,” Ms Mulcahy said. “Be brave to speak up to your coach, employee, teacher and others when you need adjustments to your weekly schedule. Remember, it is about you having a positive sporting experience and mental health matters.”