The woman who was born to a father who had his own practice and a sports psychology background will be known as the woman who had her first baby.
And that is the reason she is now known as a sports mental health professional.
But it was not always that way.
In the early years of her career, psychologist Jennifer Taylor was often a sideline reporter, her career a long, lonely ride through a world where sports psychology was largely invisible.
“It was always difficult, but that’s part of the reason I wanted to become a psychologist,” she said.
Ms Taylor, a former professional footballer, has now turned her passion into a career, launching a new business and a book on the subject, titled The Sports Mental Health Doctor.
“I was always looking for a way to help people, and to get people back on their feet,” she says.
I want to be a role model for people that are struggling.” “
When you look across all disciplines and all sports, the numbers are just staggering.”
I want to be a role model for people that are struggling.
But I knew it wasn’t true. “
My first thought was ‘you can’t be serious’.
It was a long road, and I didn’t take it for granted.” “
There’s so many things people don’t understand about sports, it takes so much of our brainpower and so much our mindpower to make sense of it.”
It was a long road, and I didn’t take it for granted.
“Her father, a well-known doctor, was also a former tennis player.
Ms Turner and her husband, Brian, decided to take their daughter, Sarah, to see him in a few months’ time.
After their daughter was born, Ms Taylor became a full-time professional. “
He’s a really nice guy, but we knew we were in for a long ride,” Ms Taylor says.
After their daughter was born, Ms Taylor became a full-time professional.
She was on her way to becoming a psychologist when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and she found it impossible to return to the sport.
“The way I saw it was, my sport is just not for me,” she recalls.
“If I was going to become an athlete, I had to take a leap.”
So I got a disability pension, and that was that.
I just stopped.
“But it was the first step.
It was the moment I finally got back to my sport.”
Ms Turner has worked as a psychologist for seven years, and has since moved on to other fields, including teaching and coaching.
She is also an executive director of the Sports Mental Skills Training Network, which aims to improve mental health awareness and behaviour in all aspects of sports.
She has also written about the importance of training for mental health.
The psychologist says that while there is no single best way to become, there is a good amount of evidence to support her theory that, with the right training, there are many ways to improve.
“We’ve been working on sports psychology for a very long time, and the number one thing we’ve learnt is that it’s really about getting the mental health into sport,” she explains.
“You have to train hard and you have to work hard. “
“What you can’t do is give up. “
If you’re an athlete and you’re struggling, don’t let it get to you. “
What you can’t do is give up.
If you’re an athlete and you’re struggling, don’t let it get to you.
Don’t let anything get in the way of you getting the result you want.”
It is the mental resilience, the strength of character, that can give the athlete the confidence to keep fighting through tough times, and it’s the strength that is needed to keep the sport alive, says Ms Taylor.
“Just being mentally resilient is not enough.
We’ve seen people who are athletes and struggle to be successful in sport and they just keep pushing, pushing, and pushing,” she believes.
“Some of the athletes we see who are on the verge of retirement don’t have that mental resilience and they get depressed.
It can take them five years or ten years to get back to where they were.”
For Ms Taylor it’s not just about the mental toughness, it is also about the confidence she feels when she is doing something she loves.
“Sports are all about showing off, and for athletes to show off, they have to be strong,” she notes.
As an athlete you can just do whatever the heck you want, but you need to be the