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Pushing athletes harder: Why getting too comfortable can be hazardous

The date was 10th October 2017. The hearts of 325 million people were racing with nervous excitement as their country played for a spot at […]

Written by Mudit Krishnani 5 minute read

Self-compassion in sport

Sport is full of challenges; pressure and evaluation, injuries, plateaus, sport-life balance conflicts and relationship issues, to name a few. Conventional wisdom holds that […]

Written by Chloe Oldfield 3 minute read

Is it Beneficial, Ethical or Practical to use Skype for Sport Psychology Consultations?

One of the top Google searches related to finding sport psychologist provision is “sport psychologist near me” (Google Ads, UK, Keyword Planner Search, February […]

Written by Pete Jackson 3 minute read

What motivational climate do you create for young athletes?

Working in various youth sport environments and with several young athletes on an individual basis brings about numerous challenges in relation to athlete motivation […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

‘Negative thoughts and feeling tense’ A footballer’s psychological response

How can anxiety affect performance? There are many theories and models that explain anxiety in a sporting performance, an early theory implied was the […]

Written by Kieran Handson 3 minute read

Daily Mental Skills Practice

Adding daily mental skills practice into your practice routines can be beneficial.  Believing in the power of practicing those mental skills will be a […]

Written by John Couture 3 minute read

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S): Swimmers

Last spring, Swim England hosted its annual Sport Science and Medicine conference with the special topic of the female athlete. In hopes of gaining […]

Written by Hannah Stoyel 2 minute read

Utilising a Growth Mindset within a young athlete’s sport journey

The most commonly known use of the ‘Growth Mindset’ approaches have been with education settings, with Carol Dweck conducting most of her mindset research […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Developing a Challenge Mindset – A Key to Resilience

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward. A challenge mindset has long been associated with improved sports […]

Written by Guy Tasker 6 minute read

How Self-Efficacy can Improve Decision Making Abilities in Sport

Five seconds left and a basketball team has the ball, down by one point. The coach has set a play for the team to […]

Written by Philip Solomon-Turay 4 minute read

Surviving or Thriving? Developing Psychological Resilience into High Performing Contexts

In March 2015, Leicester City Football Club were facing relegation from the Premier League and embarked on what commonly became known as ‘The Great […]

Written by Ella McLoughlin 6 minute read

A Coaches Guide to Human Thriving: How Can You Facilitate It?

The Need for Achievement! Everybody has the inherent drive for self-improvement and development. This desire for achievement places us in new scenarios (e.g. first […]

Written by Raymon Hunte 4 minute read

How Gratitude Can Improve Performance

Champion or defeated? Sports constantly presents challenges and adversity, exposing athletes with enough grit and gratitude to overcome adversity and those who will crumble […]

Written by Maddy Schier 2 minute read

Do you understand how expectations may affect your sport performance?

Expectation is defined as ‘a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future’. Expectations can affect athletes in various […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Using Imagery for Sport Performance

Imagery is a mental skill with which many of us are familiar. If done correctly, and adapted for the needs of the athlete, imagery […]

Written by Hannah Stoyel 2 minute read

Why is Confidence important for Young Athletes?

Young athletes will experience times when they struggle with their confidence and it is low, they will also experience the opposite where confidence is […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 3 minute read

EI and the golf round

The long route of the golf course contains a trail that can last anything between 2 to 4 hours. Whilst this is an incredibly […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 2 minute read

Student athletes – Demands faced and resources available

University and being a student-athlete is a great experience that many people reflect on with fond memories. Use this article and other resources or […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 3 minute read

Exploring the relationship between alcohol and rugby

Our drinking club has a rugby problem? There is a long standing yet peculiar relationship between alcohol and rugby. Some of amateur rugby clubs […]

Written by Thomas McCabe 3 minute read

Shift from superstitions and develop your pre-performance routine

Many athletes talk about superstitions that they have in the build up to matches, races or competitions. These superstitions are compulsive actions that don’t […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read