High Performance Model: The Mindroom Team Approach
At the elite levels of all sports, all peak performing athletes utilize a team approach to help them achieve their goals. This is true in professional hockey and soccer with coaching staffs of five to ten coaches. Dr. Pierre Beauchamp who founded the Mindroom for Canada’s Olympic Speedskating Team and Olympic Ski Cross Teams at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games had a professional team of 15 for 10 Olympic athletes who came home with 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
A key element that contributed to Canada’s 14 Gold medals in Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was that every Canadian Olympic Team was supported by a professional team (e.g., Integrated Support Team, IST) of sport science professionals (e.g., Doctor, Physiotherapist, Physiologist, Biomechanics, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, Technician, Strength, etc). Moreover, most countries in International sport have also moved in this direction. In addition, individual sports such as golf, tennis and pistol shooting; Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Abhinav Bindra are all excellent examples of contemporary athletes who have developed a high performance team approach.