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Can psychological measures be used to predict injury?

It is accepted that throughout an athlete’s career they will encounter injury setbacks. But it does appear, at least anecdotally, that some athletes experience […]

Written by Frederick Dawes 2 minute read

Understanding Alcohol Addiction in Sport

Within sport there is a noted paucity of research on the reasons as to why sportspeople drink in excess (O’Brien, Kolt, Webber & Hunter, […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Athletic identity and career termination

Despite the various benefits associated with competing in elite level sport, playing the game that they love will always remain the primary concern for […]

Written by Danielle Burns 2 minute read

Hostility in Sport

Professional players in the world of sport are expected to be, as they are labelled, professional. With recent events highly publicised in the media, […]

Written by Charles Gardiner 3 minute read

Group Formation

There are many opinions of what a group really is defined as. According to Carron, Hausenblas, and Eys (2005) a group in a sporting […]

Written by Nick Gearing 3 minute read

EEG and alpha waves in sport

Sports psychology is the measurement of mental and behavioural components that can impact on performance (Singer et al, 1993). However, sports scientists and coaches […]

Written by David Faulkner 3 minute read

Disordered eating and sport

Public perceptions of an athlete are usually that they are fit, well-trained machines capable of accomplishing the impossible. When viewed either from a seat […]

Written by Dannielle Starkie 2 minute read

Self efficacy in sport and exercise: Determining effort, persistence and performance

A complex process of self appraisals and self persuasion form the basis of judgements that individuals create with regards to whether they believe they […]

Written by Sarah Griffiths 6 minute read

ACL injury in elite female footballers: Psychological risks successful transition

Research within sport psychology highlights and emphasises the potentially stressful nature of sports participation (e.g., Fletcher, Hanton & Mellalieu, 2006; Fletcher, Hanton Mellalieu & […]

Written by Chris Lynch 3 minute read

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 […]

Written by Sidd Sampla 2 minute read

Performance profiling in sport

Performance profiling is a valuable technique, used to identify and organise training, preparation and the development of an individual (Richards, 2008). This technique can […]

Written by Joe Wingfield 3 minute read

Dealing with stress in athletes

It is common knowledge that people get stressed, any one person can suffer stress for numerous different reasons; work, studies, social situations, family situations, […]

Written by Alex Robinson 2 minute read

The impact of hope and optimism in sport

Much research within the sport psychology field looks at how our minds can lead to be detrimental on our performance. Instead of focusing on […]

Written by Amy Rew 2 minute read

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 […]

Written by Valerie Dennehy 3 minute read

Psychos in Sport

Psychopathy is a personality style that refers to certain effective and interpersonal traits such as selfishness, self-centeredness and a lack of empathy. Psychopathy is […]

Written by Charles Gardiner 2 minute read

Aggression and level of contact within sport

Aggression is the display of an intentionally harmful physical action, rather than a cognitive or affective state (Tod, Thatcher & Rahman, 2010). It takes […]

Written by Luci Smith 2 minute read

The MAC approach to sport performance enhancement

Frank Gardner and Zella Moore (2001) developed the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach to sport performance enhancement in a response to the absence of research supporting […]

Written by Mitch Plemmons 2 minute read

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 […]

Written by Tracy Donachie 2 minute read

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 […]

Written by Mitch Plemmons 3 minute read

Is it always better to exercise with other people?

The internet is filled with great advice from well-meaning advocates of exercise and the consensus is clear – if you want to have the […]

Written by Richard Fryer 2 minute read