Sports and exercise

Gay footballers can now expect to receive more support from young players compared with ten years ago.
St Andrews Links Golf Academy has welcomed its first-ever resident sports psychologist in Dr Paul McCarthy.
A pupil's cognitive performance may be improved if they walk to school rather than be driven in.
Sports fans who are disappointed with their team's performance or result are turning to fatty foods, possibly to make themselves feel better.
A person who exercises regularly as a young person may be at a reduced risk of suicidal behaviour when they get older.
The use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) could lead to a person suffering from poor mental health when they are older.
Working with a psychologist has helped Alastair Cook to better understand the mental side of cricket. The England captain has revealed that working with Chartered Psychologist Mark Bawden had enabled him to look at his performances in a different way.
You feel fantastic when your favourite football team or tennis player has a great result.  It’s as though you have triumphed personally. You wear your club’s shirt throughout the weekend, read all the newspaper and internet match reports, watch Match of the Day and initiate conversations about the game with both fellow and rival fans.
Athletes will strive harder and for longer when they are motivated by the enjoyment of a goal, new research has suggested.
Elite athletes have revealed some of the motivations behind decisions to cheat through drug-taking.
Multitasking could serve to improve the judgements people make, new research has suggested.
On Saturday the British and Irish Lions won their first rugby union test against Australia. Preparing an elite team for such an eagerly awaited event always poses psychological challenges. Those challenges are multiplied when that team has to be put together from players from four nations who are more used to thinking of each other as rivals than teammates.
A child's exercise and eating habits are heavily influenced by their home environment, new research has foun
In sport, the next time you're faced with a high-pressure situation, try squeezing your left fist tight for 30 seconds.
People can often be too confident when it comes to what they know, while also underestimating what they do not understand.
Pedometers could be used to help encourage people to be more active, new research has suggested.
The Olympic gold medallist Greg Searle is taking part in one of the sessions we are sponsoring at the Cheltenham Science Festival today. Searle, who won the coxed pairs at Barcelona 1992 with his brother Jonny and cox Garry Herbert and a bronze at London 2012, is taking part in a session on “The mind of an Olympic champion”.
Having a healthy lifestyle could help to reduce the likelihood of a person experiencing memory problems later in life, new research has indicated.
Taking part in team sports could help to reduce the likelihood of boys being the victim of bullying.
New research published in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, concludes that the term ‘panic’ should not be used to describe behaviour in emergencies.
Sports competitors may be more likely to choose a red kit due to their high testosterone levels, new research ha
Care home residents suffering from depression are not finding physical exercise to be an adequate means of addressing their symptoms, according to a new study.
Using touchscreen technology to help people living with dementia and the latest developments in sport psychology will both be discussed in sessions we are sponsoring at the The Times Cheltenham Science Festival next month.
The reputation of football coaches plays a big part in how players respond to them. That was the finding of research presented last month by Chartered Psychologist Dr Andrew Manley from Leeds Metropolitan University at our Annual Conference in Harrogate.
Violent behaviour among girls could be reduced through regular exercise, new research has suggested.
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