Striving to Perfection
The relationship between perfectionism and sporting excellence is often endorsed into many athletes; in order to be the best you must strive for perfection. […]
Directing Attentional Focus during Resistance Training
The focus of attention is influential in how well athletes learn sport-related and movement skills (movement efficiency, such as force production, speed, and endurance) […]
Rio 2016: Inspirational GB hockey Gold
Rio 2016 will be remembered for many amazing moments and the huge number of medals that were won by our GB athletes in the […]
Sources of confidence: England rugby team 2016
After the huge disappointment of the last rugby world cup, not many people would have expected the England rugby team to bounce back and […]
Mindfulness: Improving Sports Performance & Reducing Sport Anxiety
Athletes spend much of their time mentally and physically preparing for athletic competitions in hopes of improving playing performances. However, many athletes are inconsistent […]
Why is goal setting important
Much research has been conducted which specifically focuses on athletes, with the aim of to determine their most personal effective goal-setting strategy. Larsen and […]
The Influence of Media Portrayal of Women on Female Participation in Sport & Exercise.
As the greatest show on earth – The Olympic Games – grips our attention once more, there is an increased focus on the way […]
Actovegin: the new performance enhancer on the block?
No sooner have the news reports ended, are we commencing speculation over a ‘new’ drug. Earlier this year there was wide spread panic over […]
“The Naked Sport Psychologist – Is there a role for self-disclosure in the Sport & Exercise Psychology context”?
Self-disclosure As new and innovative skills in therapy evolve and are discussed, self-disclosure is becoming an increasingly hot-topic of debate between different theoretical orientations […]
Emotional Intelligence & Effective Leadership
“those to whom much is given, much is required” – John F Kennedy Following the culmination of this year’s Superbowl, the NFL’s end of […]
Changing The Focus: Appreciating the need for four corner coaching education
If we are to acknowledge the ability of coaches to have a significant effect on an athlete’s psychological welfare (Chelladurai, 1990, Mageau & Vallerand, 2003, […]
The problem with self-control
DO NOT THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT. When reading a command like that, the majority of people invariably think of a pink elephant. It’s […]
Mental Toughness: Olympic Greatness
It doesn’t seem that long since the London 2012 Olympic Games were gracing our TV screens in the Summer that saw Great Britain achieve […]
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 […]
Emotional Intelligence Applied Practice in Football
Positive mind-set allows performance levels to increase because it facilitates direction and focus. The relationship between mental preparation and sport psychology therefore becomes important […]
Self-Confidence in Sport
THEORY: Self-confidence is your ability to undertake tasks. It is your ability to understand that you can achieve any number of goals. Self-confident people […]
The Growth Mindset – not just for sports stars
For those of us who take an interest in what’s going on in the world of sport and performance psychology, the concepts of growth and […]
Self-regulation – a cognitive skill to monitor progress?
Self-regulation – a cognitive skill to monitor progress? According to Richards (2011), “self-regulation refers to the process in which individuals monitor, manage, and control […]
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, […]
Choking: The Case of Jana Novotna: “One of the most famous collapses in sport”
In 1993, Jana Novotna played Steffi Graf in the 1993 Wimbledon women’s tennis final. Novotna was in a strong position; she led the match […]