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// Tag: Anxiety

Mindfulness: Improving Sports Performance & Reducing Sport Anxiety

Posted 8 months ago Crystal Chariton 2 minute read comments

Athletes spend much of their time mentally and physically preparing for athletic competitions in hopes of improving playing performances. However, many athletes are inconsistent […]

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Professional Pressure – Football and Mental Health

Posted 2 years ago Tracy Donachie 3 minute read comments

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

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Becoming a more confident performer

Posted 2 years ago Chris Lynch 4 minute read comment

Its the week of the big game, exam or even a job interview, you start to feel ‘butterflies’ in your stomach, you start to […]

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What is a Panic Attack?

Posted 2 years ago Catherine Robertson 1 minute read comments

Given the high demands of life in our fast moving society, we are all vulnerable to experiencing feelings of both stress and anxiety. Feelings […]

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What is Anxiety?

Posted 2 years ago Catherine Robertson 2 minute read comments

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

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Are athletes being given enough mental health support?

Posted 2 years ago BelievePerform 2 minute read comment

In sport we often assume that elite athletes are super human. We watch the likes of Ronaldo, Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray all perform […]

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Anxiety in golf

Posted 2 years ago Matthew Cheesbrough 4 minute read comments

Anxiety is an unpleasant motivational state (Lundqvist et al. 2011) comprising of cognitive (worrying thoughts) and somatic (oneself perception of physiological arousal) anxiety (Englert […]

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Exercise as treatment for anxiety and depression

Posted 2 years ago Catherine Robertson 2 minute read comments

1 in 4 of us will suffer with poor mental health at some point in our lives. Anxiety can affect around 16% of the […]

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Identify your fear of re-injury and overcome it!

Posted 3 years ago Leah Moore 3 minute read comment

Unfortunately injury is a common threat when it comes to both elite and non-elite sport. How we cope with it may determine our path […]

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Born to be number one, or is second actually the best?

Posted 3 years ago Sarah Griffiths 2 minute read comment

There are many theories surrounding the development of personality. The Biological Approach to personality suggests that genetics are responsible, with a well researched link […]

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A Guide to Controlling Competition Anxiety

Posted 3 years ago Catherine Robertson 3 minute read comments

Anxiety is a state consisting of psychological and physical symptoms brought about by a sense of apprehension of a perceived threat. However, levels of […]

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Would you encourage your children into the world of competitive athletics?

Posted 3 years ago Sarah Griffiths 3 minute read comment

Not so long ago I was asked by a friend of mine, who is an athlete as well as me and has been for […]

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Why are some players afraid to shoot?

Posted 3 years ago Amy Rew 2 minute read comments

Sports, such as basketball, require individuals to shoot under pressure, and under the observation of others, such as co-actors (other performers), an audience, or […]

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Developing helpful and useful beliefs in sport: The theory of Cell Assembly

Posted 4 years ago Spencer Vickery 3 minute read comments

Cell assembly theory developed by Donald Hebb (1949) explains how within the brain we develop neural pathways that act like roads, these are formed […]

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Emotional thermometer – Controlling competition anxiety

Posted 4 years ago Catherine Robertson 2 minute read comments

Competition anxiety will affect all of us, although the extent to which it strikes varies from athlete to athlete. We are often told “it’s […]

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The importance of perspective in sport

Posted 4 years ago Spencer Vickery 3 minute read comments

More and more factors such as anxiety, depression, anger, worry, and frustration just to name a few are becoming the norm in not just […]

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The power of superstitions and rituals in sport

Posted 4 years ago Liam Blackwell 2 minute read comments

We’ve all seen or heard of elite sports people performing ritual movements before competitions, from a 100m runner blessing themselves before a race, to […]

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Creating a Performance Bubble

Posted 4 years ago Nicola Hobbs 1 minute read comments

For athletes: How to create your own Performance Bubble… Pre-performance routines are the most effective means for you  to control arousal levels, achieve flow, […]

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Anxiety in sports performance

Posted 4 years ago Gobinder Gill 2 minute read comments

Anxiety is a concept that is widely discussed by performers and coaches. Practitioners involved in sports performance need to be aware of anxiety related […]

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Protect your athlete – Body image perceptions and consequences

Posted 4 years ago Leah Moore 2 minute read comment

Anxiety surrounding body image and exercise is related to muscle gain, weight control and attractiveness leading to the question  “Does this manifest in sport?” […]

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