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In may 2013, Alex Fergunsons`26 years, successful leadership of Manchester United came to an end. During his career as manager, the club won the Premier League 13 times and Champions league both in 1999 and 2008. Stories about "hairdryer-treatment", fatherly leadership and the fact that he rebuilt winning teams again...
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Confidence is such a key component of successful performance in sport and a player’s loss of confidence can brutally be laid bare in the professional arena. Footballer Ashley Young appears to be having a crisis of confidence, not helped by his apparent penchant for diving. The reputation of Manchester United’s...
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Has George Groves made Carl Froch angry with his “disrespect”? It’s obvious that George Groves has decided to opt for a specific style in his meetings with Carl Froch prior to their fight on November 23rd.  While remaining calm and repeating what he believes as facts, he’s looking to reinforce...
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'Keep what we've got, keep the continuity, work with them and they'll guide you through. You're taking on a massive machine here. You've gone from Marks and Spencer's to Harrods.' Supposedly these were the last words spoken to David Moyes before Sir Alex called an end to his managerial career...
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The opening match of the Rugby league World Cup perfectly demonstrated the highly competitive nature of the sport, and there was certainly no love lost between Australia and England. England are looking to capitalise on being the host nation to help them win the World Cup for the first time...
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There are many theories surrounding the development of personality. The Biological Approach to personality suggests that genetics are responsible, with a well researched link between genetics and personality traits (Eysenck, 1967). Behavioural theories associate personality characteristics with the individual and their interaction with the environment; focusing on learning stemming from...
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The newspaper and online headlines read that it was a coup, a new addition within the FA, some claiming he was a psychiatrist, others a sports psychologist. Regardless, the question remains, are we really that far behind in our national game? Having studied Sport Science and Sport Psychology for a...
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The 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics were the most successful in history for team GB and the athletes weren’t shy in acknowledging the role that mental preparation played in their success. Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell became the most successful British women in Winter Paralympics history after winning four medals....
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According to Ofcom’s 2013 report, 21.7 million households in the UK have access to the internet, from these households 55% report using social media. You may be thinking this number is relatively low in comparison the overall population? However just sitting at a desk or searching your laptop is not...
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The end of March of course means that the Masters at Augusta National is just around the corner, it also means that North of the border golf must be one or two months away in Canada!!!!! Needless to say it is a great opportunity to talk about golf as many...
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Military personnel face extreme levels of stress that impact not only their performance but also their readiness and personal relationships (Mastroianni, Mabry, Benedek, & Ursano, 2008). Prominent stressors include sleep deprivation, physical fatigue, prolonged separation from family and friends, and the ongoing threat of injury or death. Up to 70%...
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So we recognise that Alex Ferguson has been an inspirational leader in the football world for the past 30 years or more, winning numerous titles with Aberdeen and Manchester United. So many managers have come and gone in this time, many unsuccessful. So is there something that Ferguson happens to...
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In Phil Mickelson’s quest to conquer the 2013 British Open, I cannot honestly think of a better athlete who establishes confidence from other sources than just his golf game and who has finally found the mind-set or ability to handle stressors associated with high performance. There are two keys that...
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Scope’s argument (29/8/13 http://www.scope.org.uk/news/paralympics-legacy-0) that the Paralympic legacy ‘hangs in the balance’ signifies a challenge to all interested in sport as therapeutic and sustaining influence in people’s lives. It had been hoped that the Paralympics would improve the lives of disabled people by changing attitudes and increasing participation in sport...
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How a team operates and performs has been a major talking point amongst psychologists for years. Putting together a successful team is a great challenge across all sports for coaches, managers and players. Sir Alex Ferguson has put together numerous teams during his time at Manchester United, many of which...
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I was originally going to write a post just about the power of the placebo effect in sport after watching the film Senna. This led me to watch another documentary about him on YouTube titled “Ayrton Senna: the Right to Win” – full subtitled version at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShPc3nY5m5w After watching this,...
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In the wake of the Lance Armstrong confession, the question on peoples minds is why do athlete risk their own health to cheat? The history of professional cycling is rife with doping scandals involving many top named cyclists including the likes of Contador, Valverde and Schleck. So what is the...
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Home advantage has been a widely researched subject area, and it is an area in which more and more research is conducted as we aim to investigate what it is about our ‘Home’ stadiums/crowds that seem to have so much influence over a team or individual’s performance, compared to not...
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For all of his greatness, I have always had my reservations about Rory McIlroy. He undoubtedly has spectacular golfing abilities and to have achieved what he has so far already makes him one of the greats. However my suspicions were first set racing when we witnessed the spectacular choke at...