The Influence of Sleep on Performance
Sleep is an integral part of what makes humans function (Harris et al., 2015). It is a common need that, if neglected, has the […]
The Psychology of Injury: The curious case of Daniel Sturridge
After failing to score for the fifth game running, pundits, journalists and fans alike are trying to pinpoint why Daniel Sturridge is struggling to […]
Directing Attentional Focus during Resistance Training
The focus of attention is influential in how well athletes learn sport-related and movement skills (movement efficiency, such as force production, speed, and endurance) […]
Role of Sport Psychology in a Physical Therapy Setting
The medical field has recognized the importance of physical therapy in regards to injury recovery for many years. Specific exercise plans are carefully designed […]
Keeping up with the Ketones!
In achieving optimal body composition for either aesthetic and/or performance purposes, we often cut calories and more specifically alter quantities of particular food groups […]
Exercise and Sleep: a Double-Edged Sword?
Participation in regular exercise has been hailed as an effective intervention for promoting sleep, often promoted as a treatment for sleep-related disorders. Research associates […]
Clean Protocol – changing athletes’ attitudes towards doping
The first most notable use of drugs in sport was during the 1904 Olympics where a marathon runner took strychnine, a type of poison […]
Being an elite athlete boosts my sex drive
From youth into advanced age, sexuality continues to be a key quality of life issue. A satisfying sex life is a critical element of […]
Can psychological measures be used to predict injury?
It is accepted that throughout an athlete’s career they will encounter injury setbacks. But it does appear, at least anecdotally, that some athletes experience […]
Case Studies in Sport Science and Medicine
Practitioners, athletes, students and anyone interested in sport should find the content of these case studies relevant and useful; […]
Caffeinated Curiosity ~ Part One: Cognitive Awesomeness
If you would rather take caffeine supplements than drink coffee – Then we can’t be friends. A little strong, but… coffee is great because it […]
EEG and alpha waves in sport
Sports psychology is the measurement of mental and behavioural components that can impact on performance (Singer et al, 1993). However, sports scientists and coaches […]
ACL injury in elite female footballers: Psychological risks successful transition
Research within sport psychology highlights and emphasises the potentially stressful nature of sports participation (e.g., Fletcher, Hanton & Mellalieu, 2006; Fletcher, Hanton Mellalieu & […]
Hydration and cognition: Drinking to stay alert
Athlete preparation is a hugely diverse area with many different factors contributing to producing the best possible performance on any given occasion. It is […]
Concussion: recognition and management
Concussion is an important issue that must be recognised and managed correctly for the health and safety of all those who play sport. In […]
Stretching: When is it effective?
Stretching has long been standard practice in sport. Advocates of stretching claim that it helps reduce injury, improve performance, and aid recovery. However, a […]
Drug use in athletics: How can we trust the sport?
We’ve reached the end of another successful European Athletics Championships, this year held in a warm and rainy Zurich, Switzerland. Many athletes have competed […]
What limits endurance exercise performance?
As an Australian, one of the most memorable moments of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games was the final of the women’s eights rowing (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK529UiaFZQ). […]
The effects of heat on sport performance
Heat stress from the environment can be detrimental to sporting performance, challenging the limits of the human cardiovascular system, temperature regulation and altering body […]
Cognition and hydration in warmer climates
The human body constitutes approximately 60% water which is a key component of every cell contained within it. Hydration is key to keeping performance […]