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Working in various youth sport environments and with several young athletes on an individual basis brings about numerous challenges in relation to athlete motivation and the motivational climate that is created by those supporting young athletes. The topics of this article are aimed at helping parents and coaches understand some...
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One of the top Google searches related to finding sport psychologist provision is “sport psychologist near me” (Google Ads, UK, Keyword Planner Search, February 2019) however not every athlete, coach or parent is within a commutable distance to their nearest sport psychologist. This is one of many contributing factors that...
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The date was 10th October 2017. The hearts of 325 million people were racing with nervous excitement as their country played for a spot at the FIFA World Cup 2018. A win was needed against underdogs Trinidad & Tobago to qualify (1). With so much on stake for USA, a world cup...
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How can anxiety affect performance? There are many theories and models that explain anxiety in a sporting performance, an early theory implied was the inverted-U theory. Yerkes & Dodson (1908) theory states that anxiety’s relationship with performance is similar to the inverted-U shaped continuum, low level of anxiety leads to...
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Adding daily mental skills practice into your practice routines can be beneficial.  Believing in the power of practicing those mental skills will be a game changer for your program. The mental game is given a lot of emphasis by many great coaches.  From Coach K of Duke University to Phil...
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"Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter." - Dan Reeves (Former NFL athlete and head coach) Resilience. It has become a buzzword of modern self-help inside and out of the sporting world. It is touted as necessary for success; but has been criticised heavily for the use of ill-defined...
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The 6 Steps to a Winning Mindset course is a highly practical guide to understanding and building your own version of these tried and tested ingredients. Developed by Dr Chris Shambrook and used within his applied sport psychology work with the GB Rowing Team, these key ingredients link together to...
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Hello! I am Hannah Stoyel (formally Cooper) and I am a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. I work in private practice in London with a range of athletes who are of all ages and participate in a wide range of sports. I am also a sport psychologist for Swim...
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Mindfulness is thought to be a tendency to be present in the moment and to mindfully accept naturally occurring events, emotions and thoughts. As a trait-like variable, some people are able to achieve this state more regularly than others. When considering a mindful, let it be, present moment approach it...
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Confidence is probably the most frequently talked about psychological factor. Confidence is typically noticed the most when it’s gone missing, so as a result effort is typically invested in restoring confidence.  If you build your confidence systematically through your training you can aim for a situation where you always know...
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Consistent preparation prior to competing is a key influence on the actual performance that you deliver. From a mental perspective it’s worth remembering;Consistent preparation = consistent performance. Knowing that your pre-game preparation has such consistency to it that you’ll always deliver yourself to the start line in absolutely the ideal...
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I previously wrote an article on here titled, ‘why am I doing this at my age? Physical activity or competitive sport? Which looked at the contrast between why individuals over the age of 35 participate in one or the other. This article will focus more specifically on masters sport and...
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It goes without saying that sport provides us with some competitive mismatches. When looking for examples of these it is difficult to look past the FA Cup or League cup which give us numerous instances of underdogs vs competition favourites. Just this season we have seen Bristol City knock out...
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The purpose of this article is to outline the concept of mental toughness amongst runners in a marathon with the use of mental skills. Mental toughness associates to the ability of coping under pressure with self-belief and focus. One can assume that mental toughness in marathon runners would be important...
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Before any Basketball game, every player gets nervous about missing that one free-throw that results in their whole team going down. In fact, losing games and missing shots are the most common thoughts racing through players’ minds. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill Hence, over the past few...
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2018 offers elite sports stars many opportunities to win their respective tournaments/competitions/finals. The Australian Open, which begins in mid-January and offers an opportunity to win the first major of the season. Success in the Australian Open can provide positive momentum going forward into the rest of the season. Whilst technical,...
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In the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a football academy in Ghana as a mental skills trainer. Many of the athletes I worked with in Ghana had minimal knowledge on the principles of sport psychology. I was given full autonomy with respect to the strategies used when...
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Rugby union is a dynamic collision team sport requiring the coordination of various team positions and roles, where players are frequently required to move seamlessly between offensive and defensive situations. The structural and strategic aspects of playing rugby place extensive demands on a rugby team's resilience [1]. Team resilience is...