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University of Portsmouth, Loughborough University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have jointly launched a campaign to ensure athletes from Team GB have the psychological strengths to deal with the pressures of competing at the Olympic Games. 

(Photo from the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Photo credit: London 2012)

A leading American sports psychologist has said that athletes need to understand that winning and losing are part of the same experience, it has been claimed.

"East, west, home’s best." 

Great Britain’s Olympians might well take comfort from this proverb when they consider the merits and demerits of performing on home soil (or sea), writes Dr Paul McCarthy, a

Professor Jan Burns from Canterbury Christ Church University is head of eligibility at INAS (the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability).

A project launched by Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy to improve mental health through exercise has been hailed as a success by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), reports

The secrets behind the success of those leading and managing Britain’s elite athletes have been revealed in research by sport and performance psychologists at Loughborou

When considering what it takes to be a top Olympic slalom canoeist few people would draw parallels with chess. However, studies have found that the skills needed for these activities aren’t so different after all.

Success at this Summer’s Olympic and Paralympic games may be determined by the first impressions created by the competing athletes. (Photo of Louis Smith, Team GB Gymnast. Photo credit: Adidas)

(Photo credit: London 2012)

The briefest mention of home invokes images of comfort, familiarity and security. So it is not surprising that research consistently shows sports teams and athletes typically perform better at home.

Photo: London 2012

On 27 July in London a lone torch will light a giant cauldron that will burn the Olympic flame during the greatest psychological show on earth.

Crowded stadium of spectators