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// Applied Sport Psychology

Focus: Understanding scanning and switching off

Whether I have worked with Gymnasts, Footballers, Table Tennis Players or Triathletes, one thing has become clear, they all need to focus their attention […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Eventing: Decision making in high risk sport

Eventing is commonly referred to as the triathlon of horse riding. It consists of three disciplines: dressage, show jumping and cross country. All three […]

Written by Zoe Taylor 2 minute read

How can students manage their energy levels during exam period?

Exam time is a stressful period for many students.  It is that time of year where we wake up early, go to bed late […]

Written by BelievePerform 2 minute read

Characteristics of Mental Toughness

Mental toughness has been discussed in the sports literature for many years. Indeed, mental toughness has been related to both business and sporting worlds […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 2 minute read

Building Self-Confidence in Sport

There is no doubt that performers in sport thrive on high levels of confidence. Examples exist where performers score a goal and then continue […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 3 minute read

Psychology in big wave surfing

This sport involves surfers to ride waves that can build to the height of 60-80feet (and above) (Beal et al. 2010). Unlike normal surfing […]

Written by Fred Hanbury 4 minute read

“The world of images” – Inside the dancer’s mind

What is imagery Imagery is a process of creating a mental image or intention, which a person would want to happen or feel and […]

Written by Miroslav Sekula 4 minute read

Dealing with Pressure Triggers

Sport practitioners deal with a number of pressure triggers that can affect their athletes’ performance levels. Two common pressure triggers include physical and mental […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 1 minute read

Emotional Control Under Pressure: A Practical Guide

This brief practical guide will provide feasible recommendations for developing emotional control in high pressure situations. Encouraging Emotional Intelligence: This very useful form of […]

Written by Erin Prior 1 minute read

Coping Under Pressure: The Value of Emotional Control

As our lives become increasingly fast-paced, with everything accessible at merely the touch of a button, both our personal and professional lives are becoming […]

Written by Erin Prior 4 minute read

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. […]

Written by Jemma Clarke 2 minute read

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) […]

Written by Crystal Chariton 2 minute read

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 […]

Written by Crystal Chariton 2 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

Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS) and group functioning in sport

Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS) is an intervention whereby an individual consciously shares an issue or situation, with a group they belong to (i.e., sports team/peers), in […]

Written by Sarah Kelly 1 minute read

The 12 point Self-Confidence Plan

This article is written for the purpose of practitioners and performers in facilitating self-confidence levels. In practice, the 12 point self-confidence plan is a […]

Written by Gobinder Gill 2 minute read

Training the eyes

The development of scientific research in sport has given coaches the opportunity to extract tested training methods and apply them to practice. They have […]

Written by Henry Woodward 3 minute read

Role of Sport Psychology in a Physical Therapy Setting

The medical field has recognized the importance of physical therapy in regards to injury recovery for many years. Specific exercise plans are carefully designed […]

Written by Diane Gorog 2 minute read

Professional Pressure – Football and Mental Health

Football has been described as “more than just a game” (Jones, 1995). As a result, footballers are experiencing psychological distress despite achieving great sporting […]

Written by Tracy Donachie 3 minute read

Anxiety, Performance Stress and Skill Execution

Steven Gerrard made an error as Liverpool were on the verge of winning the league in 2014. Such a costly error at such a […]

Written by Keith Begley 4 minute read