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Bigorexia: The Internal Mirror

The term ‘muscle dysmorphia’ was coined in 1997 (Pope, Gruber, Choi, Olivardia, & Phillips, 1997) to describe this new form of disorder, commonly referred […]

Written by PRE PERFORM 2 minute read

The Danger of ‘Stereotype Threat’

In recent years, East Africans have dominated the middle- and long-distance running domains, Jamaicans prevail in sprint distances whilst the USA predominates in basketball. […]

Written by Tom Hodgins 2 minute read

Professional Pressure – Football and Mental Health

Football has been described as “more than just a game” (Jones, 1995). As a result, footballers are experiencing psychological distress despite achieving great sporting […]

Written by Tracy Donachie 3 minute read

Parental Role in developing young athletes

Millions of young children participate in sports across the world, from joining a football team or training camp, finding a love for running or […]

Written by Dannielle Starkie 2 minute read

Beta alanine: enhancing sport performance

The availability of supplements to help support the body during physical exercise, maintaining a healthy system and potentially improving performance, are numerous and many […]

Written by Sarah Griffiths 2 minute read

The Problem with Talent

I dislike how we use the word ‘talent’. A quick google of the word ‘talent’ provides the following definition: natural aptitude or skill. Despite […]

Written by Matt Furness 2 minute read

Drop Out From Youth Sport; Responsibilities of the Coach

We are looking now looking at a situation in the Western world where obesity is becoming an epidemic. Reports suggest that over 35% of […]

Written by Keith Begley 4 minute read

How can Reflective Practice be used within Sport?

Reflective Practice is “an improvement tool to produce a change in practice” (Knowles et al., 2006) and can be applied in a personal as […]

Written by Luci Smith 3 minute read

Emotional Intelligence: Managing Relationships

Managing personal relationships can be enhanced through emotional intelligence. Evidence suggests that people with higher levels of emotional intelligence lead more successful careers and […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 2 minute read

What are the benefits of sports psychology?

As someone who works within the field of psychology I am often asked the questions “What can sport psychology do for my performance?, What […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Using Attachment Theory to Better Understand Your Athletes

Before beginning this article I should probably provide some insight into the types of issues raised to me by coaches that provoked me to […]

Written by Elliot Newell 4 minute read

The Role of Parents in the Development of Disabled Athletes

The role of parents in the sporting development of young athletes has been a focus of research in sport psychology for decades. Academic research […]

Written by Naomi White 3 minute read

Is elite sport focused too much on results?

Within sport we want to teach players transferable skills that they can use in all areas of life. We want to teach players social […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Impression Management

Let’s be honest, everyone tries to impress other people on a daily basis. We all (or at least most) try to impress others – […]

Written by Mark Keep 3 minute read

The Relative Age Effect in Sport

The attainment of sports expertise has been of great interest to coaches and sport psychologists. Talented athletes are identified from a young age and […]

Written by Karim Tayara 3 minute read

Developing confidence in sport

Throughout my time of running BelievePerform I have had the privilege to interview professional athletes, coaches and managers within sport. In every interview I ask […]

Written by BelievePerform 4 minute read

Podcast 010: Dr Ian Mitchell Swansea City AFC & Wales National Team Performance Psychologist

Ian Mitchell is currently the Performance Psychologist for Swansea City AFC and the Wales National Team. As a schoolboy he was linked with Chelsea […]

Mental Enhancements for Soccer Penalty-kicks

John Terry, one of the best soccer players in the world, steps up to take the penalty shot that will win Chelsea the prestigious […]

Written by Greg Margolis 3 minute read

Self-Belief, Mastery Experiences, and Performance in Sport

Considering the new name of the website, I thought it would be fitting to expand on the relationship between belief and performance. In order […]

Written by Lennie Waite 2 minute read

What are Learning Styles and what are their Implications for Coaching/Teaching?

So what learning style are you? It should be very easy to find out. You can simply take a number of written or online […]

Written by James Barraclough 7 minute read