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‘So What’s Next?’ – Life After Professional Sport

Retirement – the reality! For many years, sport psychologists have referred to retirement from sport as a ‘transition’. However, Nesti and Littlewood (2010) argue […]

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How Do Endurance Athletes Perceive Mindfulness Techniques?

Mindfulness is the new buzz word sweeping the sporting world, with more athletes shunning the commonly used psychological skills techniques such as self-talk and […]

Written by Charlotte Griffin 1 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

Taking time for yourself – even when you don’t feel like it

Charlotte shares her thoughts on why studying less may improve your grades – and your mental health. Have you ever had that feeling that […]

Written by Charlotte Griffin 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

Developing resilience: Top tips for athletes and coaches

Written by Rachel Farmer 0 minute read

Developing Resilience In Elite Athletes: The Role Of The Environment

It often said ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. But we all react to adversity in different ways. While some seem to be […]

Written by Rachel Farmer 5 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

An Insight into Your Coach’s Behaviour

In any sport, it is generally accepted that the performance of a coach influences the performance of their athlete/team. So, it is not only […]

Written by George Mitchell 3 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

Lesser spotted diagnosis – ADHD in sport

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a mental disorder starting in early years which can go on to have significant negative effects on lives […]

Written by Thomas McCabe 2 minute read

Masters athletes: Negotiating the ageing process

I previously wrote an article on here titled, ‘why am I doing this at my age? Physical activity or competitive sport? Which looked at […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Building your confidence foundations

Confidence is probably the most frequently talked about psychological factor. Confidence is typically noticed the most when it’s gone missing, so as a result […]

Written by Chris Shambrook 4 minute read

Pre game routines – Maximising preparation opportunities

Consistent preparation prior to competing is a key influence on the actual performance that you deliver. From a mental perspective it’s worth remembering;Consistent preparation […]

Written by Chris Shambrook 4 minute read

Mindfulness: ‘letting it be’ in a performance driven context

Mindfulness is thought to be a tendency to be present in the moment and to mindfully accept naturally occurring events, emotions and thoughts. As […]

Written by Jenny Meggs 1 minute read

Perform the Switch – Leon Lloyd – Life outside of sport

Following a successful career as a professional, international rugby player, injury forced Lloyd into an early sporting retirement at the age of 30. Here, […]

The young athlete’s journey – transitions in youth sport

The 2018 Commonwealth Games has further reinforced the young age that some athletes are attending such high-profile events At just 11-years-old Anna Hursey became […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Coaching Resilience – A Military and Sport Psychology Perspective

Resilience is a hot topic in today’s world. From sport psychology to military psychology, it seems that everyone has their own interpretation of resilience, […]

Written by Michael Mellinger 4 minute read

6 steps to a winning mindset

The 6 Steps to a Winning Mindset course is a highly practical guide to understanding and building your own version of these tried and […]

Written by Chris Shambrook 0 minute read