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Sports confidence theory
Vealey (1986) proposed a sport specific theory of confidence, she defined sport confidence as `the belief or degree of certainty individuals possess about their […]
What is Talent – A Growth Mindset Approach (2/2)
The debate between nature and nurture in sports still exists. In my view the nurture part is more important than the nature part, because […]
Explaining motivational behaviour patterns
Motivation can be defined as the factors which direct and energise the behaviours of humans and other organisms- the drive behind the reasons we […]
Development paths for individual and organizations
Development is always a hot topic. How do leaders develop employees? How do coaches develop athletes? How do teachers develop students? Development is always […]
Concussion: recognition and management
Concussion is an important issue that must be recognised and managed correctly for the health and safety of all those who play sport. In […]
Motivation in sport
Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, once said that “motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want […]
Developing an inner drive within players
My players don’t want to be at training”, “They are losing interest”, “There is no motivation in our lot.” From my coaching experiences over […]
Should sports coaches receive more education regarding recognising and treating eating disorders in athletes?
Eating disorders and disordered eating behaviour are serious mental conditions “that manifest themselves in a variety of eating and weight-related signs and symptoms” (Thompson […]
Identifying talent – are we using the right tools?
Identifying talent is one of sports biggest and most profitable issues. There is a constant seek for a new Christiano Ronaldo in the world […]
Brain vs. Brawn: How mental fatigue affects physical performance.
What if I told you that I could influence your exercise performance just by making you read a book or play a computer game? […]
What is talent – A growth mindset approach (1/2)
The nature versus nurture debate is still an ongoing debate concerning athletic expertise. As I have written before I believe athletes are made rather […]
Importance of the coach-athlete relationship
Sports performance is determined by many factors. According to Serpa (1999), and the trends from the literature, the coach-athlete relationship is an important factor […]
The ACT hexaflex applied to sport
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) is a treatment approach that views experiential avoidance, inflexible attentional processes and reduced attempts […]
An introduction to information processing system , memory and its role in sports.
Information processing system focuses on how we deal with the vast amount of information that is available to us when we are performing skills. […]
Maintaining participation in sport
Roy Hodgson’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup remains England’s second youngest squad ever taken to the major tournament, to some extent reflecting the […]
Can spectator silence improve youth sport performance and enjoyment?
For those of us that have watched Ray Winstone’s performance of ‘Angry Football Dad’ for the FA’s Respect campaign, we can truly experience the […]
Have you created the right performance environment for your athletes?
With 6 days to go to until we kick off the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup I found myself wondering about the past few […]
Brazil 2014: Coaching style – how can it influence the World Cup results?
England has during the last World Cups experienced different styles of coaching. Sven Gøran Eriksson applied his democratic coaching style on the English stars, […]
Is an autocratic style of coaching more effective than a democratic one?
We’ve all seen it or heard about it – stories of top football coaches shouting, throwing things all in the name of getting the […]
Positive self-talk versus acceptance self-talk
Internal dialogue or self-talk, as it is most commonly referred to in sport psychology, is an occurrence nearly every athlete experiences. Although positive self-talk […]