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Professional Pressure – Football and Mental Health
Football has been described as “more than just a game” (Jones, 1995). As a result, footballers are experiencing psychological distress despite achieving great sporting success. To attest to this point, more than one quarter […]
Parental Role in developing young athletes
Millions of young children participate in sports across the world, from joining a football team or training camp, finding a love for running or a natural ability to stand and move on a surface […]
Self Talk, Attentional Focus and Skill Execution – Best Practice
International rugby stars and place kickers Dan Carter, Jonny Sexton and Jonny Wilkinson, among many others place the ball, set themselves, say something to themselves and mostly go about their business and put the […]
Beta alanine: enhancing sport performance
The availability of supplements to help support the body during physical exercise, maintaining a healthy system and potentially improving performance, are numerous and many athletes take a wide range of supplements every day. However, […]
Anxiety, Performance Stress and Skill Execution
Steven Gerrard made an error as Liverpool were on the verge of winning the league in 2014. Such a costly error at such a key time was one you wouldn’t normally associate with him […]
Low-Carbohydrate High-Fat: Part 1 – Introduction
Weight loss is a major concern in most developed countries. With surveys showing that the majority of adults in the US are trying to lose or maintain weight (Freedman, King and Kennedy. 2012). Current […]
A Masterclass workshop in Applied Sport Psychology
Conducting Telephone Consultancy with Athletes Presenters: Dr. Brian Hemmings with Dr. Jonathan Katz & Peggy King, Voice Coach Masterclass; Due to the workshop format places are limited to 30 people. You are advised to book early to […]
ACT on the Gridiron: A New Approach to Sport Performance Enhancement in Football
Summer is winding down over here in the States. Temperatures are cooling down, and leaves will soon begin changing colors. Fall is approaching, which means one thing in the U.S.: football season is upon […]
The Problem with Talent
I dislike how we use the word ‘talent’. A quick google of the word ‘talent’ provides the following definition: natural aptitude or skill. Despite this rather narrow definition, I feel ‘talent’ is too often […]
Podcast 024: Sean Figgins PhD Researcher BPS DSEP Rep
Choking: How do athletes perform whilst under pressure?
Margins between success and failure in elite sport become smaller every year (UK Sport 2014). Consequently, performing under pressure can be extremely demanding for certain athletes (Hanton et.al. 2005 cited by Thelwell et al. […]
Gaze behaviour and penalty kicks: a goalkeeper’s perspective.
In past football competitions it has been recorded that 25% and 33% of goals scored in the 2004 UEFA European Championships and 2006 FIFA World Cup come from the penalty spot (Yiannakos & Armatas, […]
Overcoming negative mental imagery: The key to success in the Rugby World Cup?
Imagery has proven to be successful in producing a range of positive outcomes, such as enhancing confidence, reducing anxiety intensity, perceiving anxiety symptoms as more facilitative, and improving performance (Nordin & Cumming, 2005; Short […]
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Podcast 023: Dr Paul McCarthy Sport and Exercise Psychologist
Psychological Momentum in Sport
In physics momentum is defined as the ability of an object to continue moving due to its mass and velocity. In sport, psychological momentum has been defined as a ‘bi-directional’ concept and it affects […]
Drop Out From Youth Sport; Responsibilities of the Coach
We are looking now looking at a situation in the Western world where obesity is becoming an epidemic. Reports suggest that over 35% of people in the USA (National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES)) […]
Sports Psychology Skills in the Workplace
Performance psychology plays a role in the workplace. Top business people understand the need for performance psychology and see the use for sports psychology in the workplace, they strive for success as do top […]
Podcast 022: Dr Tracey Devonport Sport and Exercise Psychologist (Coping in Sport)
How can Reflective Practice be used within Sport?
Reflective Practice is “an improvement tool to produce a change in practice” (Knowles et al., 2006) and can be applied in a personal as well as a professional context (Ghaye, 2001; cited in Anderson, […]
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