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The development of Identity in Youth Sport

A bit of background on identity… If we start with the wider idea of self-identity, it is a clearly delineated self-definition…comprised of those goals, […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 2 minute read

Stressors, Sports Performance and the Perception of the Athlete

Sports competition has the ability to continually draw large amounts of spectators. A reason because of this is due to the multiple situations in […]

Written by Philip Solomon-Turay 4 minute read

What motivational climate do you create for young athletes?

Working in various youth sport environments and with several young athletes on an individual basis brings about numerous challenges in relation to athlete motivation […]

Written by Rebecca Chidley 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

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

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