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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Coaching Style: Fierce vs Friendly
It has long been said in the media that different coaches have different styles of coaching. The question is, what does this really mean? […]
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. […]
The effect of anxiety on world cup penalty shootouts.
Many international footballers have missed penalties in FIFA World Cups over the years. Whether it be Italy’s Roberto Baggio in the 1994 final; or […]
Brazil 2014: Penalty Shootouts: They’re just a lottery… right?
So for once, England’s fate will not be decided by penalties in the World Cup. Their early exit at the group stage has saved as the […]
Brazil 2014: Home Advantage – Does it count?
The World Cup 2014 is upon us and all eyes will be on the host nation Brazil. The purpose of this article is to […]
Brazil 2014: The Perfect Penalty
Penalites. It is one of the cruellest methods of deciding a victor in any sport. Both ecstasy and agony in a heartbeat. A hero […]
How can music influence performance
Music plays an important role in people’s everyday lives (Rentfrow & Gosling, 2003). Music plays a role in the sport and exercise domain. In […]
Blocked versus random practice in skill acquisition
We have all heard the old adage of “practice makes perfect”… maybe even “perfect practice makes perfect”. But there is something about the way […]
A new theoretical framework to get in the zone
Everybody working in the field of sports knows that one critical factor to develop and perform is to get in the zone. The zone […]
After drawing in an away match to West Brom, after the game, Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers looked forward to the following week’s fixture with […]
The athlete personality?
This article presents the first in a series of articles I shall write with regards to personality in the context of sport and exercise. […]
What is sport psychology?
Sport psychology means different things to different people, as I found out when the question was put to a group of football coaches in […]
What is sport psychology?
Back in 1925, Coleman Griffith (soon to become known as the Grandfather of Sport Psychology) became the first person to make a career out […]
Observation as an alternative to imagery II
Observation as an alternative to imagery – II In my last article (click to view) I suggested that observation could be used as an […]
Flow – Playing in the zone
Understanding the psychological components that help with optimal athletic performance is a key priority for applied sport psychology. One factor that has been examined […]