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Young, physically active men may be at risk of developing an Adonis Complex because of an obsession with matching society’s idea of the perfect body. That is the conclusion of research presented today, at the Annual Conference of our Division of Health Psychology in Brighton, by Mike Eynon from the University of the West of Scotland.

Gay footballers can now expect to receive more support from young players compared with ten years ago.

St Andrews Links Golf Academy has welcomed its first-ever resident sports psychologist in Dr Paul McCarthy.

Sports fans who are disappointed with their team's performance or result are turning to fatty foods, possibly to make themselves feel better.

The use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) could lead to a person suffering from poor mental health when they are older.

Working with a psychologist has helped Alastair Cook to better understand the mental side of cricket.

The England captain has revealed that working with Chartered Psychologist Mark Bawden had enabled him to look at his performances in a different way.

You feel fantastic when your favourite football team or tennis player has a great result.  It’s as though you have triumphed personally.

You wear your club’s shirt throughout the weekend, read all the newspaper and internet match reports, watch Match of the Day and initiate conversations about the game with both fellow and rival fans.

A sports fan with face paint and team shirt

Athletes will strive harder and for longer when they are motivated by the enjoyment of a goal, new research has suggested.

Elite athletes have revealed some of the motivations behind decisions to cheat through drug-taking.

On Saturday the British and Irish Lions won their first rugby union test against Australia.

Preparing an elite team for such an eagerly awaited event always poses psychological challenges. Those challenges are multiplied when that team has to be put together from players from four nations who are more used to thinking of each other as rivals than teammates.