The O2X Tactical Performance Podcast: 83 – Wayne Sasso (PT 2: Mental Performance in Law Enforcement)

-Wayne Sasso is an On-Site Mental Performance Specialist and Program Manager for Arlington County (VA) Police Department. In his role, he applies his experience in Performance Psychology to support sworn and unsworn members of the department in the areas of performance improvement, stress management, leadership and organizational development.

-For over 8 years, he has been working in the human performance field with a myriad of populations. He comes to O2X from the ‘Optimizing the Human Weapon System’ program in Tucson (AZ), which provides fighter pilots with embedded physical and psychological support to improve readiness. It was here where was responsible for designing and implementing a psychological program that included a standardized curriculum, one-on-one coaching and cognitive training for  A-10 Warthog pilots.

-Prior to that he worked as a Mental Conditioning Coordinator providing sport psychology services to teams and individuals at the youth through professional levels of sport. In this role, he helped athletes with performing under pressure, rebounding from performance errors and building awareness of the mental game. He is known for helping performers build self awareness and implement incremental changes to improve performance, consistency and quality of life.

-He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University and Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus in Sport and Performance Psychology from Boston University

Wayne’s article ‘Optimizing Mental Performance: The Importance of Mental Well-being in Law Enforcement’:

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