Mental Rest and Recovery

How can we use expertise from performance psychology and elite sport to effectively ‘recharge our batteries’?

Organisator Studium Generale

di 15 oktober 2019 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115
Zaal/kamer Speakerscorner
Prijs Gratis

Whether your definition of top-sport is running a marathon or meeting deadlines for projects and tests, few would disagree with the notion that when it’s over, most feel exhausted. With recharged ‘batteries’ we begin anew. Or at least that is the idea. But how do you effectively ‘recharge your batteries’? In this lecture Dr. Yannick Balk uses his expertise in performance psychology and elite sport to look at recovery through the lens of social and behavioral sciences. He puts individual effective sleep into a broader perspective of mental rest and how we approach downtime. Explore with him how rethinking societal approaches to rest, recovery and rejuvenation could reinvent the way we work, play, study or sport.

About lecture series ‘Effective Sleep’

Some need little; others a lot. Many wish they had more. With so much to do and so much going on, is being asleep wasting our time? What ‘more effective sleep’ could mean for our waking hours is unchartered territory for most. Even though we spend a third of our lives in this state, what do we know about the biological functions sleep serves to compensate for? We explore cutting-edge approaches to understanding sleep as a part of downtime and look at interventions within reach to alter its role in our lives.

About Yannick Balk

Dr. Yannick Balk is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam teaching Sport Psychology and Work Psychology courses. In his research, he focuses on the role of mental effort and mental recovery in sport. Yannick also works as an applied sport psychologist. He assists elite athletes and coaches in realising their full potential and serves as an advisor for sport organisations, combining both individual-level interventions and organisation-level interventions