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Chenelle Barber

Sports Psychologist

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Chenelle graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science degree and is currently studying a Masters in Applied Positive and Coach psychology. 

Chenelle's passion lies in sports psychology and working with people to get them 'unstuck'.


She is really keen to practice the use of positive psychology and how this can alter the well-being of an individual to optimise performance and functioning. 

Q&A with Chenelle

What is the best thing about being a sports scientist?

Helping individuals improve performance both psychologically and psychologically.

What sports are you interested in?

Swimming, running and boxing.

What sports do you do?

Before university I used to run long distance. I also love going to the gym and swimming.

What is your favourite muscle and why?

My favourite muscle is the vastus medialis, which is located at the front of the thigh and is the most medial (inside part) of the quadriceps muscles. This muscle helps to stabilise the kneecap and if neglected can cause knee pain.

What is your favourite joint and why?

The knee joint as it can be a common area of injury, along with its interesting biomechanical roles!

What is your favourite stretch for the body?

I like the supine leg stretch. This stretch focuses on the lower back, hamstring, calf and ankle. Mainly all these areas are used in day-to-day activities. It is an easy stretch to perform laying on the back with knees bent and feet flat to the floor.

Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?

Paige Michelle Vanderford, known professionally as Paige VanZant, is a 25-year-old American mixed martial artist. She is signed to the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is recognised for her courageous style of combat. Her journey and determination truly are inspirational, and I hope to show such resilience when trying to reach my own goals.

What are your sporting goals?

To run the London Marathon!

You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?

  • A hammock

  • A pillow

  • Sun lotion

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