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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. 

The beach volleyball event at this summer’s London Olympics will attract unsurpassed media attention and play to a capacity stadium. Tickets for the competition - despite only athletics coming with a steeper price tag - were vastly oversubscribed.

Plate of tangled tape measures

When it comes to cycling, different regions in the UK have varying attitudes.

As Olympic athletes make their final preparations for the biggest sporting competition of their lives, sport and performance psychologists at Loughborough University have published research that can help them overcome and even thrive on the pressu

Performers at the Olympic Games will attempt to perform to their potential under intense pressure. Researchers at Bangor University’s Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance have revealed a remarkable backlash that some performers will suffer from.

This is the ironic error: the performance error that each Olympic athlete will specifically trying most to avoid. 

A number of elite competitors, including Tiger Woods and Nick Dougherty (golf), Andy Cole, Jerzy Dudek and Nathan Redmond (soccer) and Ben Cohen (rugby union) have successfully reported using hypnosis to aid their preparation and sport performance

In sport the margins between success and failure can be minute. Sports performers, coaches and organisations go to great lengths to secure the tiniest advantage over competitors.

For over a century sport psychologists have been intrigued by the idea that you can practise sport with your mind’s eye.