Psychos in Sport
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 […]
Mayweather-Maindana II: The Importance of Self-Efficacy
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 […]
Problem gambling among athletes: Why are they susceptible?
It is only very recently that a worldwide blanket ban on betting and gambling for certain participants in English football was introduced in a […]
Tour de France 2014: Mental Toughness
The end of the Tour de France 2014 has arrived and around 170 cyclists have battled their way through a lively, atmospheric Yorkshire to […]
Club vs. Country: The psychological debate
One of the most frequently posed questions is why professional footballers often fail to perform in the big games on the international stage – […]
The effect of anxiety on world cup penalty shootouts.
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 […]
Brazil 2014: Penalty Shootouts: They’re just a lottery… right?
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 […]
Brazil 2014: Coaching style – how can it influence the World Cup results?
England has during the last World Cups experienced different styles of coaching. Sven Gøran Eriksson applied his democratic coaching style on the English stars, […]
Brazil 2014: Control and rising to the occasion
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 […]
Brazil 2014: Home Advantage – Does it count?
The World Cup 2014 is upon us and all eyes will be on the host nation Brazil. The purpose of this article is to […]
Brazil 2014: The Perfect Penalty
Penalites. It is one of the cruellest methods of deciding a victor in any sport. Both ecstasy and agony in a heartbeat. A hero […]
Brazil 2014: How important is hydration for athletes at Brazil 2014?
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 […]
Brazil 2014: Will safety fears affect athlete performance?
Media articles, such as one in the Washington Post titled ‘World Cup security a wild card for Brazil’s police force’ (1), have highlighted a […]
Brazil 2014: To Score Or To Avoid Conceding?
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 […]
Brazil 2014: Will hydration affect cognitive performance?
Hydration is a sports safety issue that has, in the past, been misunderstood. Dehydration is a myth that has been perpetuated by the marketing […]
Brazil 2014: Altitude and the Soccer World Cup
With the 2014 World Cup in Rio rapidly approaching, it is of great interest to reflect of the 2010 World Cup winners, Spain, and […]
Saving penalties – Luck or design?
Continuing with the theme of penalties, this time I will explore whether there is any skill involved in goalkeepers trying to save them or […]
Brazil 2014: Can England Handle the Heat in Brazil?
Exercising in exceedingly high temperatures puts significant physiological strain on the body and can markedly impair prolonged physical performance and accelerate time to fatigue […]
Mindfulness and acceptance – World Cup Edition
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 […]