Sports and exercise

Walking in a happier style could help counter the negative mental processes associated with depression.
More than £2 million is being put towards a major programme designed to encourage people with mental health problems to take up sport.
Children's cognitive skills can be enhanced if they partake in at least an hour of exercise after every school day, according to new research.
Countries are more likely to enjoy a higher medal count at the Olympics if they embrace gender equality, a new study has revealed.
People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they are more physically active, according to a new study.
A “Legacy” is simply defined as, ‘something that is left behind’ and could be considered at a myriad of levels, including societal, organisational, client-centred, or personal.
Eating disorders in athletes could be an indication they are vulnerable to depressive tendencies, according to research.
Researchers have argued that penalty shootouts in competitions such as the World Cup are ultimately "psychological" games.
People's attitudes towards exercise can have a strong influence on how much they eat afterwards, a recent study has concluded.
Practising at a particular discipline or activity often helps to improve competence, a new study has concluded.
Sports coaches are highly likely to overreact in the event of a loss, a new study has concluded.
With the Commonwealth Games under way in Glasgow, psychologists can help explain just what it is that the public finds enticing about big sporting events.
The final stages of big football tournaments are often dominated by penalty shootouts. And research presented at our Annual Conference a few years ago may just have given the key to success in them.
Just before the triumph that was the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, our monthly magazine The Psychologist investigated how psychology touches the participants, spectators and volunteers in the Tour de France:
We know self-talk can help people's self-control (e.g. "Don't do it!"), and boost their morale (e.g. "Hang in there!") in sporting situations.
As Yorkshire awaits the start of the Tour de France, a psychologist is to give a public talk on the psychology behind the event in York on Tuesday 1 July.
The reputation of a coach can be pivotal when it comes to getting the best out of footballers. This is conclusion of research by a team led by Dr Andrew Manley from Leeds Metropolitan University. Their findings are published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
With the World Cup in full swing, many youngsters will no doubt be wondering how they too can one day join their country's team and play for glory - and it turns out that mental toughness could be key to making their dreams come true.
Matthew Slater and Marc Jones, sport and exercise psychologists at Staffordshire University, look at the psychology of blending individuals from different clubs into a national team.
Superstitions can help footballers control their anxiety before a game. That was the conclusion of research presented at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference in 2012.
Chartered Psychologist Dr Jamie Barker from Staffordshire University will be speaking on the psychology of cricket at the Cheltenham Science Festival next week. He will be taking part in a session that also features the journalist and former England batsman Ed Smith.
Opening introduction by Dr Richard Mallows, Society President (2013–14)Every July, the world’s best road cyclists take part in Le Tour de France – the pinnacle of the road cycling cal
Ten- to 14-year-olds are less likely to take up smoking if they regularly participate in coached team sports, a new study has revealed.
An authoritarian culture in which young people are routinely insulted and ridiculed is deeply rooted in top-flight football academies, new
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