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Imagine yourself walking up to the tee box on the 18th hole of the PGA Championship. You are leading the field, and simply have to make par to win the trophy. However, you are only up one stroke on your competition, and you must make the perfect tee shot to...
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As a physically active population, athletes are typically viewed by the general public as healthy and strong, and so are not considered to be an at risk group for suffering from eating disorders. However this perception is part of the reason that eating disorders can be overlooked in sport. The...
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“With special populations, especially those who are particularly goal-oriented, particularly high achievers and particularly focused, there is still a sense of stigmatization, a sense of shame…One strategy for reaching out to athletes is to frame mental healthcare as a way to improve their performance in their sport.” (T.L. Schwenk, 2013)...
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An inability to be able to pace yourself can be deleterious to one’s performance, as an individual must be able to carefully select the appropriate distribution of efforts as to avoid falling behind in a race.  Originally, the capacity to do so was thought to be controlled by a mechanistic...
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As a Yoga Teacher, Trainee Sport Psychologist, and English Champion of Olympic Weightlifting, I know how yoga can help athletes to maximise their physical and psychological potential and improve their performance. I use yoga regularly as part of my own training and teach Performance Yoga to a variety of athletes...
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In my previous two articles on TheSportinmind, adequate rest (napping) and sufficient sleep are discussed as two of the most commonly reported methods for managing fatigue and enhancing recovery (Hausswirth et al.; MyllymÄKi et al., 2011; Samuels, 2008). I discussed how research supports napping as a prophylactic strategy to supplement...
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Optimal performance requires the balance of stress and recovery in response weekly and annual periodised training. Athletes need sufficient physical stress to maximise positive adaptations in terms of physical qualities such as strength, power and speed as well as skill based qualities such as increased decision making ability. To optimise...
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At some time or other I suspect all athletes find it hard to maintain the intensity of exercise. We’ve all been there; the days when you had planned to go for a run but didn’t have the resolve to do it. This is when an athlete’s psychological tools come into...
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It is often said that a sports star will die twice, the first time at retirement. For elite athletes who have dedicated their lives to sport, what happens when your time comes to an end, if you aren't an athlete, then who are you? Elite athletes train extensively for years,...
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Unfortunately in competitive sporting environments, injuries are likely to occur. As a basketball player, despite strength and conditioning training, knee and ankle injuries are frequent occurrences which almost cannot be avoided. Keeping positive and focused during time out of sport and throughout recovery is something players often struggle with, and...
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Numerous accounts of high profile sports people suffering from depression have surfaced in recent times. Unfortunately, not all cases have been reported by the victim and recent newspaper reports in Ireland revealed the tragic loss of a talented young inter county senior hurler. He was one of many that suffered...
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In a sport and exercise context, music is typically used in one of four ways; Asychnronous, Synchronous, Pre-task and Recuperative. The current article will explore how we can use listening to music before starting sport or exercise, as part of the physical warm-up or mental preparation. In this sense, pre-task music is...
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Whether you have experienced it yourself or you have gleefully skipped past those that experienced it, most people who have completed a marathon in their lifetime will be familiar with the effects of “hitting the wall”. For many (including myself sadly) it is the former experienced rather than the latter....
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Retirement – the reality! For many years, sport psychologists have referred to retirement from sport as a ‘transition’. However, Nesti and Littlewood (2010) argue that the term ‘transition’ suggests that such an event is smooth and easy to negotiate.  Although there will be cases where this is in fact true,...
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How often do we question why an athlete performs the same pre-competition routine, or carries out the same number of reps during training? These may simply be harmless superstitions and routines, however, they do potentially have the ability to manifest into something detrimental to performance. The question remains as to...
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We usually see the bright side of top level sports. Our favorites lifting the trophy or being decorated with an Olympic medal. We cheer for them - and do not always consider all the hard work and training hours these athletes must endure on their way to the top. The...
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Many research studies have found how participation in sport can heighten an individual’s probability of developing an eating disorder or disordered eating problems. This is due to not only psychological, socio-cultural and genetic pre-dispositions to developing these issues but also additional risks unique to the sporting environment. Inadvertently, behaviours such...
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Few studies have investigated the role of overall life stress and wellness on performance and injuries in elite junior sport. The adolescent phase of development is one where athletes face many competing demands. As a result, whilst their need for sleep has not changed to that of childhood, evidence suggests...
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A controversial issue within the psychology field is perfectionism. Perfectionism is described as a broad multidimensional personality trait characterised by the pursuit of extremely high standards; striving for flawlessness, and over critical performance evaluation (Frost et al. 1990; Flett & Hewitt, 2005).  Some may debate that being a perfectionist athlete is...
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It is well documented that exercise enhances overall mental and physical wellbeing with it being prescribed as an intervention in some cases of depression (Berger & Motl, 2000). Glancing over social network accounts, it is acknowledged by the account owners who partake in physical activity that they have increased confidence,...