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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Let’s be honest, everyone tries to impress other people on a daily basis. We all (or at least most) try to impress others – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Music, Quotes and Exercise: Is it a ‘Fad’ or Fact?
Today we are living in a digital era, and the advancements being made in technology are continuing to grow at extortionate rates. Since the […]
Behaviourist approach to diving in football
Behaviourism has been about for a long time in psychology circles. Piloted by Pavlov (1897) in his study with dogs, it posits that a […]
Making the most of training sessions in Football
Players, who graduate from Premier League Youth Academies that gain professional contracts at the age of 16, are likely to have spent 10 years […]
Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs)
The ability to perform at an elite level is often used as the definition for talent. This term is often bandied around as if […]
Gender Issues within the Coach and Athlete Relationship
Gender Issues in Sport Social Role Theory (SRT) (Eagly, 1987) provides an insight into why gender issues may arise within the Coach and athlete […]
Why is the coach-athlete relationship important?
In competitive sport, the difference between being a world champion or ranked fifth in the world can be as little as 1%. The margins […]