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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Parental Role in developing young athletes
Millions of young children participate in sports across the world, from joining a football team or training camp, finding a love for running or […]
The Problem with Talent
I dislike how we use the word ‘talent’. A quick google of the word ‘talent’ provides the following definition: natural aptitude or skill. Despite […]
The Role of Parents in the Development of Disabled Athletes
The role of parents in the sporting development of young athletes has been a focus of research in sport psychology for decades. Academic research […]
Developing confidence in sport
Throughout my time of running BelievePerform I have had the privilege to interview professional athletes, coaches and managers within sport. In every interview I ask […]
Coping strategies for sport parents
Let’s get off on the right foot. I am not a parent, but I know enough to recognise that it’s a tough job. And […]
Why kids quit sport
Youth sport is a subject close to my heart. As a parent of three pre school-age children, participation in organised sporting activities is already […]
Are pushy parents needed to develop elite athletes?
When listening to interviews with Tiger Woods, you will always here him comment positively about his Father’s influence in his development as a golfer. […]
Should sports coaches receive more education regarding recognising and treating eating disorders in athletes?
Eating disorders and disordered eating behaviour are serious mental conditions “that manifest themselves in a variety of eating and weight-related signs and symptoms” (Thompson […]
Maintaining participation in sport
Roy Hodgson’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup remains England’s second youngest squad ever taken to the major tournament, to some extent reflecting the […]
Can spectator silence improve youth sport performance and enjoyment?
For those of us that have watched Ray Winstone’s performance of ‘Angry Football Dad’ for the FA’s Respect campaign, we can truly experience the […]
Would you encourage your children into the world of competitive athletics?
Not so long ago I was asked by a friend of mine, who is an athlete as well as me and has been for […]
A new context for coping in sport: Age related issues
Simply ‘Google’ coping in sport and thousands of research papers appear. Even on this website 10 articles are listed under the topic. As sport […]
Read my lips: Narrative therapy in sport
Impressions that people hold of athletes commonly change in response to media reports. The phrasing of these can also affect how athletes consequently view […]
How and when should praise be given?
In my previous article about parenting in sport (link available below), it was concluded parents should support, praise and encourage their child’s involvement in […]
Optimism in sport
Abraham Lincoln once described an a optimist as someone who “finds opportunity in every difficulty” whilst a pessimist to be someone who ‘finds difficulty […]
What is the point of school?
The above is the title of a book by Guy Claxton that I read recently. At the time of publishing the author was Director […]