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The reputation of a coach can be pivotal when it comes to getting the best out of footballers.

This is conclusion of research by a team led by Dr Andrew Manley from Leeds Metropolitan University. Their findings are published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

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With the World Cup in full swing, many youngsters will no doubt be wondering how they too can one day join their country's team and play for glory - and it turns out that mental toughness could be key to making their dreams come true.

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Superstitions can help footballers control their anxiety before a game. That was the conclusion of research presented at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference in 2012.

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Chartered Psychologist Dr Jamie Barker from Staffordshire University will be speaking on the psychology of cricket at the Cheltenham Science Festival next week. He will be taking part in a session that also features the journalist and former England batsman Ed Smith.

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Sportsmen and women may respond better to female psychologists than they do to male practitioners, new research has suggested.

Leeds Metropolitan University's Rebecca Mitchell carried out a study that is set to be presented at the

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Anxiety about a competitive situation makes even the most physically active more likely to slip-up suggests a study presented today at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Birmingham.

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The fourth broadcast in the Psychology FM series, which looks at health psychology and sport and exercise psychology, will go out at 11am on Wednesday 19 March.

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England does not have a great track record when it comes to penalty shootouts and the team's manager Roy Hodgson has suggested that an expert in psychology may be the answer to reversing the trend.

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In a bruising encounter with an aggressor, signalling "I give up!" via your submissive body language can be a life saver. At least that's the case for our primate cousins, and likely too for our human ancestors.

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BPS member Misha Botting is in Sochi working with the Great Britain curling team. He has been talking to us about the importance to competitors of the right kind of family support:

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