Sports and exercise

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
Carrying out regular aerobic exercise could help to prevent memory loss for women in later life, a study has suggeste
Sportsmen and women may respond better to female psychologists than they do to male practitioners, new research has suggested. Leeds Metropolitan University's Rebecca Mitchell carried out a study that is set to be presented at the
Being warm makes people more cooperative, according to research carried out by the University of South Wales.
Sending injured armed forces personnel to participate in residential sports courses could aid and speed up their recovery, according to research to be presented at the British Psychological Society's annual c
Anxiety about a competitive situation makes even the most physically active more likely to slip-up suggests a study presented today at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Birmingham.
Research presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of our Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) has been quoted in a new cross-party report.
The fourth broadcast in the Psychology FM series, which looks at health psychology and sport and exercise psychology, will go out at 11am on Wednesday 19 March.
England does not have a great track record when it comes to penalty shootouts and the team's manager Roy Hodgson has suggested that an expert in psychology may be the answer to reversing the trend.
In a bruising encounter with an aggressor, signalling "I give up!" via your submissive body language can be a life saver. At least that's the case for our primate cousins, and likely too for our human ancestors.
BPS member Misha Botting is in Sochi working with the Great Britain curling team. He has been talking to us about the importance to competitors of the right kind of family support:
A diet and exercise plan based around football and other sports could help fans to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, a study has discove
The Winter Olympics are starting in Sochi today. The Games will see media coverage of sports that usually get little notice and, if UK athletes are doing well, they will attract great interest from the public too.
Former Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has checked into rehab as he battles a bout of depression, his manager has confirmed.
A relaxing holiday may be a lovely prospect, but people who fill their breaks with activities are likely to find it easier to fit back into their working life afterwards.
Schools may be encouraged to put stricter anti-bullying policies in place after a study found that name-calling
A new study has suggested that having clear goals in mind and revisiting them regularly can help people to stay on track with their new year fitness regimes, something that could help anyone heading to the gym this month.
Research being presented this week at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology annual conference in Manchester suggests that paper based planning can enhance footballers match performance and reduce pre-match a
Differences exist in the willingness of athletes to report drug-cheats across different sports suggests a study presented today at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise (DSEP) Conference in Manchester.
Temperature, sunshine and rainfall are not responsible for home field advantage in English football according to a study being presented today at the British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference in Mancheste
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