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For those who don't know, I'm a trainee sport psychologist based in South East England. I've been on the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) since December 2013 and this is the story of my journey to becoming a sport psychologist. This article is aimed...
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The penalty kick is widely considered the most anxiety-provoking situation in all of football. Whether it be a schoolyard match at the local grade school or the final of the World Cup, the pressure on the goalkeeper or the shooter can cause players to second-guess their abilities, shatter their confidence,...
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Penalites. It is one of the cruellest methods of deciding a victor in any sport. Both ecstasy and agony in a heartbeat. A hero and a villain. One team running to celebrate with dedicated fans, and another team in despair, disappearing down a dark tunnel. After 120 minutes of intense...
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Playing at the World cup is undoubtedly a huge highlight within a footballer’s career. With the title being one of the most prestigious within international football, it is every player’s dream to be part of the winning team- so what are the contributing factors of sport science working toward a...
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Recently, I read a chapter of Anderson and Sally’s (2013) ‘The Numbers Game’ which revolutionised my outlook on the 2014 World Cup and indeed football in general. The intention of Anderson and Sally’s book is to question common understandings revolving around football, and I feel there is no greater time...
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With the 2014 World Cup in Rio rapidly approaching, it is of great interest to reflect of the 2010 World Cup winners, Spain, and what may have helped them achieve victory over the Dutch. Throughout the World Cup, many teams reported difficulty with the playing conditions, particularly at altitude. The...
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Continuing with the theme of penalties, this time I will explore whether there is any skill involved in goalkeepers trying to save them or whether it is pure chance. Firstly, it is important to point out an important difference between amateurs and experts. An amateur performer in ‘ball’ sports tends to focus...
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Exercising in exceedingly high temperatures puts significant physiological strain on the body and can markedly impair prolonged physical performance and accelerate time to fatigue (Cheuvront, Kenefick, Montain, & Sawka, 2010).  The opening games of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are imminent with expected temperatures of 30°C   and humidity...
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I’d just like to start by saying: If you think you’ll come straight out of uni and get a placement at a premier league football club, keep dreaming. Over what will hopefully be a series of articles, I’ll be writing about the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Stage 2 Qualification in...
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It has been well documented the struggles of Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson departed well over a year ago. Many argued that David Moyes did not get a fair crack at the job, spending a significant amount less than new manager Louis Van Gaal, however I argue that it...
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Imagine you’re an athlete of the future. It’s your rest day, but you schedule a specialised brain training session that gives you the edge over the competition, without compromising recovery. Or you’re injured, but can’t afford to sit around just waiting to heal – so you train your brain while...
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Who would have thought that, in a sport with the participation of over 60 million girls and women worldwide, somehow women coaches are still largely underrepresented on the football pitch (Norman, 2010)? It seems as though the transition from player to coach is not being made… Why? Title IX was...
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“The mind’ll quit a lot sooner than the body will.” I had a coach a few years ago that would tell us this as we struggled to finish our workouts. It was something that was meant to inspire, but that we grew to hate. It was something that made us...
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Since 1927, when America sent over 12 golfers to take part in the first ever Ryder Cup, the golfing landscape has never been the same. Contested on a biennial basis, the Ryder Cup brings together individual golfers to play in a team environment. This happens in many other sports around...
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Underneath all the glitz and glamour of the Ryder Cup at Glen Eagles this week lies a serious competition for every member of team Europe and USA. Both teams will be desperate to win the coveted prize which money cannot buy, and with the eyes of the golfing world upon...
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Psychopathy is a personality style that refers to certain effective and interpersonal traits such as selfishness, self-centeredness and a lack of empathy. Psychopathy is considered to involve the concept of evil when people enjoy inflicting both emotional and physical pain, such as that of Sadism Disorder. Salient features include a...
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As Saturday's pay-per-view approaches, the excitement heightens between fight and sport fans alike, as Floyd "Money" Mayweather rolls (most probably in one of his many Royces) into Las Vegas to rekindle his rivalry with recent foe and Argentinian hardman Marcos Maidana. In what many consider a formality, Mayweather will be...
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It is only very recently that a worldwide blanket ban on betting and gambling for certain participants in English football was introduced in a bid to tackle corruption in the game. “Participants covered by the ban will be prohibited from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or...
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The term ‘mental toughness’ is probably the most used psychological term used by pundits, writers, journalists, coaches and athletes alike. Yet the definition of the term is probably the most contested theory in sport psychology. As for myself, I feel that the term ‘resilience’ best articulates the underlying characteristics great...
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Since the birth of Twitter, the social media world has catapulted into something only once imaginable. The impact Twitter has had on the sports industry has been immense, in both positive and negative ways. Twitter has seen to significantly influence sports news and communication, marketing strategies, athlete profile and fan...