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England's footballers need a sports psychologist to help them succeed in penalty shoot-outs, it has been claimed.

Experiencing an injury prior to or during the ‘Biggest Show on Earth’ can be understandably devastating. 

Psychological skills training – mastering distraction, conquering nerves, overcoming fears and instilling confidence – has become an accepted and valued part of an elite athlete’s preparation for competition, with the likes of Jessica Ennis and Ha

Footballers need to prepare themselves mentally before taking part in penalty kicks, it has been claimed.

Heather Watson, who has become the first British woman to make it through to the third round of Wimbledon for a decade, puts her success down to having  the same breakfast every day – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. She also has a ritual of running to pass the ballboy her towel each time she changes ends.

Perhaps salmon is good for you, but superstition has an important role in sport.

Wimbledon 2012 begins this week with Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer all in action.

As ever, rain threatens to be the biggest talking point, but how do tennis's biggest names overcome the headache that the wet weather brings?

Psychology is playing a part in helping an amateur golfer while out on the course.

Dwain Chambers was overjoyed after racing to victory in the 100-metre Olympic trials in Birmingham.

Whether muttering under your breath, urging yourself on or cursing ourselves in frustration at a simple mistake, we all engage in self-talk daily. For an elite athlete in the centre of a roaring stadium, internal voices may have a critical effect on how they are feeling, and how they perform.

Athletes at the Olympics will be required to attain the highest levels of performance whilst under considerable levels of pressure.