“Perfectionism is an unwillingness to accept any standards or condition that is other than absolutely faultless and free from defects” says Ellis Cashmore in Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts.

(Picture of Nadia Comaneci. Credit: Dave Gilbert)

Nadia Comaneci

The winning streak from the rest of the Great British team assisted Andy Murray in his efforts to win Olympic gold.

As the whole country shares in the elation of athletes enjoying Olympic success, people understand that these achievements represent the culmination of years of training.

On a treadmill in the gym

As previously reported, the UK Anti-doping (UKAD) hopes that Squeaky the Duck will discourage athletes from using drugs at this year's Olympics.

With Team GB, today (1 August 2012), winning its first gold medals of the Games, Great Britain appears to be gaining momentum.

(Photo of London 2012 Olympic medals. Photo credit: London 2012)

Olympic Medals. Credit: London 2012

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