Home support to boost Olympic hopefuls

Home support could play an important role in spurring British Olympic hopefuls on to glory this summer. Speaking to the BBC, Sports Psychologist Dr Costas Karageorghis explained athletes are influenced by social elements such as the density and size of the crowd when out in the track or field.

Dr Karageorghis, who is also the author of Inside Sport Psychology and a coach of British student athletes, noted British competitors are likely to find their pre-event activation is optimised thanks to the support behind them as this will boost their psycho-motor arousal and increase their reaction times.

One tip offered by the expert was for sprinters to become accustomed to any behaviour patterns of the starter prior to a race, as recognising idiosyncrasies could give them a greater advantage when anticipating the sounding of the gun.

Dr Karageorghis was speaking as Olympic timekeepers revealed the latest technology developments they will use in order to monitor performance to the greatest degree of accuracy possible.