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Talent Recognition, what to look for?

Our youth has many dreams and aspirations. Lots of young boys dream of scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final or win […]

Written by Mauro van de Looij 11 minute read

The Influence of Sleep on Performance

Sleep is an integral part of what makes humans function (Harris et al., 2015). It is a common need that, if neglected, has the […]

Written by Michael Mellinger 2 minute read

Doping in sport: Meldonium

One of the most discussed topics in sport at present is the doping scandal and corruption that has taken place widespread across athletics, resulting […]

Written by Sarah Griffiths 4 minute read

The Theory of Challenge and Threat States in Athletes (TCTSA): Applying the model with athletes through imagery scripting.

The Theory of Challenge and Threat States in Athletes (TCTSA) provides a framework for understanding how athletes react psycho-physiologically within competitive situations (Jones, Meijen, […]

Written by Sarah Kelly 4 minute read

Physical activity, Type 2 diabetes and the Transtheoretical Model of change.

There are around 2.7 million people diagnosed with diabetes in England, 90% of who have Type 2 diabetes (UK Health and Social Care Information […]

Written by Sarah Kelly 2 minute read

Crowd Effects and the Home Advantage

As an avid football fan myself, I often wonder if all the effort I put into supporting my team from the stand really does […]

Written by Amie Wilson 2 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

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

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

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 […]

Written by Hannah Farmer 2 minute read

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is both a psychological and physiological phenomenon. Anxiety is related to emotions such as fear, and negative thoughts such as not being able […]

Written by Catherine Robertson 2 minute read

The theory of choking under pressure and strategies to prevent occurrence

Choking under pressure has become a widely researched area within sports psychology and it’s exact definition is still unclear. The term ‘choking under pressure’, […]

Written by Kelly Bourne 3 minute read

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 […]

Written by Lucie Daman 2 minute read

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