Report highlights positive impact of psychology on London 2012

A new report highlights some of ways psychological research has helped Team GB limber up for London 2012.

The publication, Supporting a UK success story: The impact of university research and sport development, shows how psychology is helping athletes gain that extra split second or millimetre advantage, which can be the difference between a gold and silver medal.

Research from a number of our members comes under the spotlight, including Professor Ian Maynard’s work with Premier League football referee Howard Webb during his preparation for the 2010 World Cup final; Professor David Lavallee’s study into the impact of retirement on Olympic and Paralympic athletes; along with the work of Professor Jan Burns to influence the decision to re-include athletes with learning disabilities to the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Developed as part of Universities Week, by Research Councils UK, Universities UK, and British Universities & Colleges Sport, the report also looks at other areas such as technology and design and how they have contributed to London 2012 and the UK sports industry.

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