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Food For Thought – Sports Psychology and Nutrition

We all know that nutrition helps the body complete the tasks we set for it, but does it also influence cognitive and psychological systems? Nutrition is an essential part of athletics, but the actual […]

Posted 3 months ago by Niklas Cederström
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Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS) and group functioning in sport

Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing (PDMS) is an intervention whereby an individual consciously shares an issue or situation, with a group they belong to (i.e., sports team/peers), in attempt to find resolution through interpersonal interaction (Olarte 2003). The […]

Posted 2 weeks ago by Sarah Kelly

Positive Self-Belief in Sport

THEORY: Positive self-belief is an internal aspect of your psychological make-up. When you are looking at achieving success and reaching your goals remaining positive is important. Self-belief must come from within. PRACTICE: The practice […]

Posted 3 weeks ago by Gobinder Gill

“Playing Football With A Square Ball”

My motive for writing this piece is to plant a seed, to kick start a generation of new ideas and join the dots in a sector of professional sport that appears to be slightly […]

Posted 3 weeks ago by Jess Brainch

Emotional Intelligence: Role in Sports Performance

Mayer and Salovey (1997:5) defined Emotional Intelligence (EI) as “the ability to perceive emotions, to assess and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate […]

Posted 3 weeks ago by Lauren Onojaife

Goal Setting in Sport

THEORY: Goal setting is a motivational tool to support and enhance performance. As humans we focus too much on outcome goals. Although outcome goals are important, performers should also consider performance goals. Performance goals […]

Posted 4 weeks ago by Gobinder Gill

Do What Matters: Values and Committed Action in Football

As discussed in my previous article (ACT on the Gridiron: A New Approach to Sport Performance Enhancement in Football), my next few posts will be dedicated to illustrating the six core principles of Acceptance […]

Posted 4 weeks ago by Mitch Plemmons

Pressure for athletes competing at Ironman World Championships

The World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii is the biggest stage in world Triathlon, with most athletes racing between 8 to 17 hours. This competition is one of the most pressured situations that many Ironman […]

Posted 1 month ago by Helen Davis

Mental Toughness in Sport

THEORY: Mental toughness is important and integral for successful outcomes. Key characteristics of mental toughness relate to consistency, desire, focus, overcoming setbacks, resilience and concentration. PRACTICE: Becoming mentally tough does not occur overnight. To […]

Posted 1 month ago by Gobinder Gill

Playing and Coaching – Passing the Torch While It’s Lit

Parent-coaches are very common in youth sports. This is not necessarily a negative thing— there are plenty of parents who do a great job—but it often seems as through the club could be doing […]

Posted 1 month ago by Ieva Melanija Kibirkstis

Focus in Sport

THEORY: Focus is an essential component to sporting success. Focus allows performers to attend to the cues in hand and concentrate on tasks to achieve success. The ability to focus is important because it […]

Posted 1 month ago by Gobinder Gill

Exercise Maintenance, Weight-loss and New Years Resolutions. From Failure to Success

So January comes around again and everybody sets out with fantastic aims of losing weight and improving their health after the Christmas excess. Gyms and weight loss clinics are full to the brim with […]

Posted 1 month ago by Keith Begley

How Jose Mourinho Lost His Amazing Techni-colour Dream Coat

Jose Mourinho sat with an unshaven beard and shaved head at the club’s Cobham training ground for the club’s annual Christmas meal just hours before he was sacked. He was in a disheveled state […]

Posted 1 month ago by Keith Begley

Who is sport psychology for?

I have a confession to make – I’m not an elite sportsman and I probably never will be. Maybe you are the same. After all, ‘elite’ status is reserved for the select few by definition. […]

Posted 2 months ago by Michael Roskams

Emotional Intelligence: Role in Coaching

Coaching is far more than just teaching sports skills to individuals and teams. It is also about inspiring, giving confidence and motivating others by building quality relationships. You need to poses the emotional expertise […]

Posted 2 months ago by Lauren Onojaife

Regulating Emotions

Key Learning Points: Becoming aware of own emotions Regulating own emotions Developing strategies to cope under pressure Identifying your emotions – Identify emotions can be easily identified if we write down how we feel […]

Posted 2 months ago by Gobinder Gill

Football Parents, Coaches and Players; the Athletic Triangle

Youth sport is unique because it involves communication, coordination, and maintenance of relationships among multiple adults, all of whom are key stakeholders in a child-athlete’s sporting experience (Blom et al, 2013). The interpersonal relationships […]

Posted 2 months ago by Lewis Charnock

Stress – It’s Everywhere!

We would be naive to think that stress does not exists in most of our daily lives as well as in our athletes’ lives. The naive part of this aspect is that we throw […]

Posted 2 months ago by Kyle McDonald

Why am I doing this at my age? Physical activity or competitive sport

Introduction The 4th October saw over 23,000 runners take to the streets of Cardiff for the annual half marathon. Although the final figures for this event aren’t published, the 2014 statistics show that of […]

Posted 2 months ago by Rebecca Chidley

Handling Pressure in Sport

THEORY: Pressure is something that we handle in two ways. One is positive, the other is negative. Performers who handle pressure in a positive fashion are more likely to enjoy success. Performers who handle […]

Posted 3 months ago by Gobinder Gill

Positive Self-Talk in Sport

THEORY: Positive self-talk relates to the ability to overcome negative thinking. Those who practice positive self-talk are more likely not to suffer from negative thoughts. Positive self-talk allows performers to be more relaxed and […]

Posted 3 months ago by Gobinder Gill
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