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The Psychological Effects of Sports Injuries and why these Effects are heightened in Elite Young Athletes

The operationalised definition of sports injury differs within the existing sport psychology literature often owing to the differing severities and durations of injury (Nicholl […]

Written by Alex Freemantle 3 minute read

The Who, What and Why of Global Personal Player Development

Assisting youth and professional athletes outside of the sporting environment has been a challenge for many years.  There has not been an accepted specific […]

Written by Dr Mark Robinson 2 minute read

Development leads to results, results not necessarily to development

Currently there’s (still) a debate going on in youth football circles about the role of winning in youth sports development programs. More specifically is […]

Written by Mauro van de Looij 4 minute read

Self-confidence, self-efficacy and the methods to become successful

To be successful in sport, as suggested by the most popular literature in the field of attitudes, behaviours and sporting achievement is focused on […]

Written by Kelly Bourne 2 minute read

Sport, Exercise and Good Mental Health

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are going to look at […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

How can students manage their energy levels during exam period?

Exam time is a stressful period for many students.  It is that time of year where we wake up early, go to bed late […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health

Coverage of mental health has increased in both popular press and academic research. There is no doubt that mental health is on the increase […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 3 minute read

Visualization – A Practice Supplement

Each and every day athletes are trying to gain an edge over their competitors. Regardless of how an athlete trains (e.g., diets, exercise, or […]

Written by Michael Mellinger 4 minute read

Why is CrossFit SO Addictive?

CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by a man called Greg Glassman. He defined fitness in a meaningful, measurable way – increased work capacity […]

Written by Lauren Onojaife 2 minute read

7 tips for exam season

This is an important period for those who are taking exams. Most people who take exams during this period can be categorised as GCSE, […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Muscle Dysmorphia: Why do I look so small?

Muscle Dysmorphia, or Bigorexia as it is commonly known, is a body dysmorphic disorder which affects 1 in 10 male gym goers. The disorder […]

Written by Ben Cochrane 2 minute read

Concepts Behind Culture

A lot of questions swirl around the concept of culture and developing teams. Culture is a word many organizations and teams from the amateur […]

Written by Kyle McDonald 1 minute read

Team Cohesion – help or hinder?

Team cohesion in sport involves a variety of factors e.g. coaches and the environment and can be defined as: ‘a dynamic process that is […]

Written by Emily Cheek 3 minute read

Characteristics of Mental Toughness

Mental toughness has been discussed in the sports literature for many years. Indeed, mental toughness has been related to both business and sporting worlds […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 2 minute read

Building Self-Confidence in Sport

There is no doubt that performers in sport thrive on high levels of confidence. Examples exist where performers score a goal and then continue […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 3 minute read

Psychology in big wave surfing

This sport involves surfers to ride waves that can build to the height of 60-80feet (and above) (Beal et al. 2010). Unlike normal surfing […]

Written by Fred Hanbury 4 minute read

“The world of images” – Inside the dancer’s mind

What is imagery Imagery is a process of creating a mental image or intention, which a person would want to happen or feel and […]

Written by Miroslav Sekula 4 minute read

Emotional Intelligence: Applied Practice – A Perspective for Sports Coaches

Positive mindset allows performance levels to increase because it facilitates direction and focus. The relationship between mental preparation and sport psychology therefore becomes important […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 8 minute read

Dealing with Pressure Triggers

Sport practitioners deal with a number of pressure triggers that can affect their athletes’ performance levels. Two common pressure triggers include physical and mental […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 1 minute read

Managing Stress in Elite Junior Athletes

Exercise and sport, collectively, represent the most popular leisure activity for the adolescent age group (Gerber, Holsboer-Trachsler et al. 2011). As a result, there […]

Written by Tim Lathlean 11 minute read

Working in Youth Sport: Reflections of a Trainee Sport Psychologist

Introduction As a Trainee Sport Psychologist, I have been offered many opportunities to work with young athletes at various stages of their personal development […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

How Can We Train to Work on Concentration Levels in Sport?

For athletes, one key area which is important to them is improvement. They are always looking for something that poses as a weakness to […]

Written by Kelly Bourne 3 minute read

Emotional Control Under Pressure: A Practical Guide

This brief practical guide will provide feasible recommendations for developing emotional control in high pressure situations. Encouraging Emotional Intelligence: This very useful form of […]

Written by Erin Prior 1 minute read

Coping Under Pressure: The Value of Emotional Control

As our lives become increasingly fast-paced, with everything accessible at merely the touch of a button, both our personal and professional lives are becoming […]

Written by Erin Prior 4 minute read

Increasing and Maintaining Emotional Control Under Pressure

In today’s fast-paced society, coping under pressure seems more vital than ever and is often a necessary skill across many professional domains. But how […]

Written by Erin Prior 7 minute read

The Influence of Sleep on Performance

Sleep is an integral part of what makes humans function (Harris et al., 2015). It is a common need that, if neglected, has the […]

Written by Michael Mellinger 2 minute read

Injury – physical or mental pain

Battling your way back to full fitness from injury can be a long, tough and difficult journey but ultimately rewarding. Often it can be […]

Written by Emily Cheek 2 minute read

Coaching Styles and Performance Outcomes

Coaching styles and coaching strategies are terms typically thrown around in academia, the media, and sport. For the purpose of this read, I will […]

Written by Michael Mellinger 2 minute read

Sport Psychologists – Preventers or fixers

Sport Psychology is a growing discipline and one that I find myself privileged to be involved in. Despite this growth, I still wonder why […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

The Psychology of Injury: The curious case of Daniel Sturridge

After failing to score for the fifth game running, pundits, journalists and fans alike are trying to pinpoint why Daniel Sturridge is struggling to […]

Written by Ben Cochrane 3 minute read