The Quest for the Perfect Athlete

DVD Details

Genre: Health & Science, Documentary
 Benoît Laborde
Format: Color, PAL, 16/9
Region: All Regions/Zones
Language Options: English, French
Length: 52 minutes (+17 minutes bonus)
DVD Release Date: May 2016
DVD Partners: Futura-Science, The French Film Board (CNC)
DVD Distributor: L’Harmattan

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Today, in the field of sports, top athletes are fast approaching the physical limits of the human body. With the only real possibility for improvement being the mind, a growing number of European and North American scientists are coming up with new tools to rip benefits from the mental capacities of the brain — an area which has been long negelected. Now sharing their discoveries with professional sports and Olympic teams, these scientists are offering brand new perspectives to sports coaches who can now build tailor-made training programs in which observation, concentration, and management of stress and emotions are key to unlocking “the perfect athlete.”


  • “Improve Focus” (8 min.)
  • “Better Perception, Better Game” (9 min.)

Featured Athletes & Coaches

  • Manual Osborne-Paradis, Olympic Downhill Ski Racer (Canada)
  • Vencelas Dabaya, World Weightlifting Champion, 2006
  • Scarlette Gabrielli, French National Judo Champion, 2014
  • Guillaume Tordjman, World Karate Champion, 2007
  • Jean-Alain Boumsong, Professional Football Player (France, 2003 – 2010)
  • Jean-Yves Ogier, Academy Director, Olympique Lyonnais Football Club
  • Jean-Michel Aulas, President, Olympique Lyonnais Football Club
  • Philippe Eullaffroy, Academy Director, Montreal Impact

Featured Scientists

  • Jean-François Toussaint, Medical Researcher, INSEP
  • Claire Calmels, Neuroscience Researcher, INSEP
  • Barry O’Neill, GSK Human Performance Lab, London
  • Ed Roberts, Researcher in Brain Imaging, Imperial College (London)
  • Aymeric Guillot, Neuroscience Researcher, University of Lyon
  • Claude Delpuech, Research Engineer, INSERM
  • Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Director of Research, INSERM
  • Robin Jackson, Researcher in Sport Psychology, Brunel University London
  • Michael Wright, Psychology Professor, Brunel University London
  • Dan Bishop, Researcher in Sport Psychology, Brunel University London
  • Jocelyn Faubert, Researcher in Neuropsychology, University of Montreal
  • Thomas Roméas, Neuroscience Researcher, University of Montreal
  • Penny Werthner, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary