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Jose Mourinho sat with an unshaven beard and shaved head at the club’s Cobham training ground for the club’s annual Christmas meal just hours before he was sacked. He was in a disheveled state compared to the one we have come to know as the self proclaimed “special one” He...
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Now 2016 is fully upon us, many of us will have noticed an increase in the amount of people in your local gym. A diverse range of individuals, some of whom may never have taken part in any exercise before, will be busting a gut on the cross trainer, hoping...
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In 1993, Jana Novotna played Steffi Graf in the 1993 Wimbledon women’s tennis final. Novotna was in a strong position; she led the match 6-7, 6-4, and had a game point at 4-1 in the third and final set. She was in a virtually unassailable position (Cuffe 2012). Despite this,...
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Google the words fitness trackers and you will see a number of different equipment pop up into your browser. You have options to choose from a Fitbit wristband, a Jawbone wristband, a Garmin fitness watch, a Strava watch and more recently the Apple watch. All of these different pieces of...
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Recently the BBC reported that Alan Pardew, manger of Newcastle United Football Club was seeking help from a sport psychologist as a result of his recent touchline behaviour. Over the last few years there have been a number of instances where football managers have been sent to the stands, sent off...
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Within your life how often do you find time to relax and reflect? In today's society we often lead lives where we are working at 100mph and we take very little time to focus on ourselves. Over the last 30 years in applied sport psychology there has been an increased...
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In my last article on BPS QSEP, the qualification taken by masters graduates to obtain chartered status as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, I talked about how to get started by finding a supervisor and placement. I also, hopefully, de-bunked some of the myths people may have about where they’ll...
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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. Earl Woods is one example of a pushy parent and had encouraged his son to play golf from an early age. In the documentary video Tiger...
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In recent times sport and especially football has seen a flurry of young sporting 'wonderkids' being shot into the media spotlight.  With Real Madrid’s acquisition of the 16 year old Martin Ødegaard from Stromsgodest, Norway being the most recent and high profile due to the global reach of Madrid. The...
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Many international footballers have missed penalties in FIFA World Cups over the years. Whether it be Italy’s Roberto Baggio in the 1994 final; or Frank Lampard in the 2006 quarter final defeat to Portugal, the pressure on a world stage sometimes gets the better of these high quality players. Their...
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So for once, England's fate will  not be decided by penalties in the World Cup. Their early exit at the group stage has saved as the agony of the dreaded penalty shootout, which the England team have a troublesome history to contend with in major tournaments. A bank of confidence it is...
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The end of the Tour de France 2014 has arrived and around 170 cyclists have battled their way through a lively, atmospheric Yorkshire to the mountainous region of Southern France. The riders have had to fight their way against heavy rain, hail, temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius and strong cross...
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Surprising though it may have been, one of the most talented athletes in our world today, LeBron James, has chosen to leave the NBA's Miami Heat team to come home to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers team. For all athletes, being happy where you are and with what you are doing...
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One of the most frequently posed questions is why professional footballers often fail to perform in the big games on the international stage - I won’t mention any but I am sure that some names will spring to mind. At the end of the day, all supporters of the beautiful...
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England has during the last World Cups experienced different styles of coaching. Sven Gøran Eriksson applied his democratic coaching style on the English stars, getting critique for not being able to control the performance setting enough, when failing to make it to the final in the World Cup in 2006....
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With arguably the World’s most prestigious event on our doorstep, it will be the team who hold their nerve and rise to the occasion which will lift the World Cup. This article discusses the psychology and science behind control on the big stage, why individual players and teams rise to...
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The World Cup 2014 is upon us and all eyes will be on the host nation Brazil. The purpose of this article is to outline the concept of ‘home advantage.’ In providing this outline, there will be an opportunity to address the expectancy levels of Brazil. To supplement this, the...
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Ex-England cricket batsman Kevin Pietersen (KP) is in the limelight again as Paul Downton, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) talks about the reasons behind KP’s early departure from international cricket. KP was controversially axed from the England side following the team’s 5-0 Ashes series...
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If anyone is a fan of watching shows on TV such as ‘Psychopath Night’, then here is a short article for you to think about! There is an extensive amount of research surrounding the psychopathic personality traits of individuals in a clinical setting. To name a few, research suggests that...