Hypnotherapist Rick Collingwood explains what hypnotherapy can do.
"People think about stage hypnotists who get audience members barking like dogs. Hypnotherapy is totally different and the first thing I had to do was convince them I wouldn't turn them into a bunch of zombies, or promise them I could turn them from good players into world-beaters.
"You can’t hypnotise someone who has never kicked a ball and transform him into the best player in the world. But you can give players a vital edge, by convincing them the pain in their muscles is not as bad as they think, and by helping them concentrate better over 90 minutes.
"What hypnotherapy can do is enhance your performance, by tapping into the subconscious mind to remove doubt, banish the fear of failure and boost self-confidence".
Reported in the Sun Newspaper 25 Jan 2009