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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

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

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

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

Growth Mindset: Reaching your full potential

Over the years, there has been many athletes that have been tipped to be the next big star, but fail to reach their full […]

Written by Casper Farrimond 3 minute read

Resilience – The role of adversity

What is resilience? Resilience has been defined as, “a dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity” (Luthar, Cicchetti, & Becker, […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Goals out of sport: facilitating the retirement process

“I am feeling lost and with no direction, no purpose, no career, no identity and who the hell do I go to?” and “How […]

Written by Zoe Taylor 2 minute read

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

Development leads to results, results not necessarily to development

Currently there’s (still) a debate going on in youth football circles about the role of winning in youth sports development programs. More specifically is […]

Written by Mauro van de Looij 4 minute read

Working in Youth Sport: Reflections of a Trainee Sport Psychologist

Introduction As a Trainee Sport Psychologist, I have been offered many opportunities to work with young athletes at various stages of their personal development […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Sport Psychologists – Preventers or fixers

Sport Psychology is a growing discipline and one that I find myself privileged to be involved in. Despite this growth, I still wonder why […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 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

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 […]

Written by Sarah Griffiths 3 minute read

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 […]

Written by Sarah Griffiths 4 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

Playing and Coaching – Passing the Torch While It’s Lit

Parent-coaches are very common in youth sports. This is not necessarily a negative thing— there are plenty of parents who do a great job—but […]

Written by Ieva Melanija Kibirkstis 3 minute read

Developing a Coaching “Philosophy”

Most coaches that I’ve encountered have what they call a “coaching philosophy” which seems to me a quite broad and unexplained term. It can […]

Written by Niklas Cederström 3 minute read

Bigorexia: The Internal Mirror

The term ‘muscle dysmorphia’ was coined in 1997 (Pope, Gruber, Choi, Olivardia, & Phillips, 1997) to describe this new form of disorder, commonly referred […]

Written by PRE PERFORM 2 minute read

The Danger of ‘Stereotype Threat’

In recent years, East Africans have dominated the middle- and long-distance running domains, Jamaicans prevail in sprint distances whilst the USA predominates in basketball. […]

Written by Tom Hodgins 2 minute read