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 […]
Time for a culture change?
Changing an environment or culture is no easy task and cannot be viewed in a quick fix scheme. As a leader in the core […]
Coping strategies for sport parents
Let’s get off on the right foot. I am not a parent, but I know enough to recognise that it’s a tough job. And […]
Creating the winning mentality
Lately a metaphoric earthquake struck in football minded Holland. The Dutch FA & several ‘experts’ claim ‘Dutch football has to improve’. Despite a 3rd […]
Developing an effective Team in Sport
We’ve all been there. Sometimes a team performance just clicks. Every play works, everyone seems to read the mind of their team mates and […]
Motivating athletes: The role of the organisation
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent” Norman Ralph Augustine Motivation is a key subject for athletes, coaches and sporting organisations. In sport psychology, […]
Talent Development in Young Footballers.
Talent Identification and development has become a key focus for National Governing Bodies, Regional teams and Local clubs all over the globe in many […]
The psychology of managing substitutes
“Teams win games, squads win titles.” (Sir Alex Ferguson) Sir Alex Ferguson’s philosophy paid dividends in the 1999 European Cup Final when Teddy Sheringham […]
Why kids quit sport
Youth sport is a subject close to my heart. As a parent of three pre school-age children, participation in organised sporting activities is already […]
Are pushy parents needed to develop elite athletes?
When listening to interviews with Tiger Woods, you will always here him comment positively about his Father’s influence in his development as a golfer. […]