// Tag: Football

The Psychology of Injury: The curious case of Daniel Sturridge

Posted 3 years ago Ben Cochrane 3 minute read comments

After failing to score for the fifth game running, pundits, journalists and fans alike are trying to pinpoint why Daniel Sturridge is struggling to […]


Do What Matters: Values and Committed Action in Football

Posted 4 years ago Mitch Plemmons 2 minute read comments

As discussed in my previous article (ACT on the Gridiron: A New Approach to Sport Performance Enhancement in Football), my next few posts will […]


Football Parents, Coaches and Players; the Athletic Triangle

Posted 4 years ago Lewis Charnock 2 minute read comments

Youth sport is unique because it involves communication, coordination, and maintenance of relationships among multiple adults, all of whom are key stakeholders in a […]


Professional Pressure – Football and Mental Health

Posted 4 years ago Tracy Donachie 3 minute read comments

Football has been described as “more than just a game” (Jones, 1995). As a result, footballers are experiencing psychological distress despite achieving great sporting […]


ACT on the Gridiron: A New Approach to Sport Performance Enhancement in Football

Posted 4 years ago Mitch Plemmons 4 minute read comments

Summer is winding down over here in the States. Temperatures are cooling down, and leaves will soon begin changing colors. Fall is approaching, which […]


Premier League Relegation Pressure

Posted 4 years ago Mark Brodie 2 minute read comments

With 37 games played, the last match of the English Premier League (EPL) season on Sunday 24th May will see heroes and villains forged. […]


Why coping with the media is essential for any ‘wonderkid’.

Posted 5 years ago Matthew Nield 2 minute read comments

In recent times sport and especially football has seen a flurry of young sporting ‘wonderkids’ being shot into the media spotlight.  With Real Madrid’s […]


ACL injury in elite female footballers: Psychological risks successful transition

Posted 5 years ago Chris Lynch 3 minute read comment

Research within sport psychology highlights and emphasises the potentially stressful nature of sports participation (e.g., Fletcher, Hanton & Mellalieu, 2006; Fletcher, Hanton Mellalieu & […]


Can spectator silence improve youth sport performance and enjoyment?

Posted 5 years ago Michael Mooney 2 minute read comment

For those of us that have watched Ray Winstone’s performance of ‘Angry Football Dad’ for the FA’s Respect campaign, we can truly experience the […]


The effects of heat on sport performance

Posted 5 years ago Sarah Griffiths 3 minute read comments

Heat stress from the environment can be detrimental to sporting performance, challenging the limits of the human cardiovascular system, temperature regulation and altering body […]


Is an autocratic style of coaching more effective than a democratic one?

Posted 5 years ago Richard Fryer 2 minute read comments

We’ve all seen it or heard about it – stories of top football coaches shouting, throwing things all in the name of getting the […]


Psychopath to success

Posted 5 years ago Sarah Griffiths 3 minute read comments

If anyone is a fan of watching shows on TV such as ‘Psychopath Night’, then here is a short article for you to think […]


The power of the underdog

Posted 5 years ago Duncan Foster 5 minute read comments

In August of last year I moved to the USA to play soccer for a small university in Tennessee. What we achieved as a […]


Perfectionism and its application within a football setting

Posted 6 years ago Sarah Jackson 3 minute read comment

What is perfectionism? Perfectionism has been identified as an innate characteristic of personality (Stoeber et al. 2007), in a sporting context it is characterised […]


The path to expertise in young football players

Posted 6 years ago Karim Tayara 4 minute read comments

1. Background In this article three developmental pathways to expertise in the field of sport were critically analysed. Activity patterns were explored and compared, […]


Mental toughness in football

Posted 6 years ago Gobinder Gill 1 minute read comment

The purpose of this article is to promote the use of mental toughness within football. Mental toughness is an important concept that coaches and […]


Manchester United – from a group psychology perspective

Posted 6 years ago Frank Heggebo 2 minute read comments

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 […]


The rise and many ‘Falls’ of Ashley Young

Posted 6 years ago Chris Knight 3 minute read comments

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 […]


‘So What’s Next?’ – Life After Professional Sport

Posted 6 years ago BelievePerform 3 minute read comment

Retirement – the reality! For many years, sport psychologists have referred to retirement from sport as a ‘transition’. However, Nesti and Littlewood (2010) argue […]


Confidence and its links to belief

Posted 6 years ago David Harrison 3 minute read comments

“Confidence is contagious” – Vince Lombardi. This article is written in the context of football.  If football is not your sport then simply substitute […]

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