Mental Fatigue & Athletic Performance

Our research surrounding mental fatigue and athletic performance primarily aims to identify the impact of acute mental fatigue on various elements of performance across multiple sports. Understanding the impact of mental fatigue on sports performance (and the mechanisms underpinning this impact), then enables us to investigate novel strategies for managing/limiting the negative effects of mental fatigue to enhance performance. The findings of our research have critical implications for the pre- and post-competition activities of athletes.


Dr Mitch Smith

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.