Sports and exercise

When Alice jumped lightly down into the Looking-glass room in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass”, she entered a world in which many things mirrored the opposite of real life.
Sports journalists may show more bias on social media sites than they do in their newspaper reports.
Psychological support is available to all football referees who have difficulties coping with different aspects of the sport.
Sportspeople are likely to feel a little down after taking part in a major competition, it has been suggested.
UK Athletics (UKA) has announced the appointment of renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters to the UKA Performance team.
People who play on games consoles like the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox-Kinect are more likely to want to take more exercise, and just watching others play can encourage you to take exercise too.
Top footballers can become mentally focused with the help of sports psychologists, it has been suggested.
Self-confidence is one of the most important psychological aspects in an athlete’s arsenal at the Olympics. While some athletes will report extremely high levels of self-confidence, others may report self-doubts.
New findings discussed on our Research Digest suggest that "procedural learning" (practice at the kind of skill that you do, rather than tal
For all the joy that an athlete experiences in sport, there is undoubtedly stress that balances it out. One of the most important skills for succeeding in sport, especially at the highest levels, is to learn to manage the stress to the best of your ability.
People may be able to run more efficiently and for longer by listening to the right music, it has been suggested.
Mothers who have full-time jobs play with their kids less than those who stay at home or are unemployed.
The celebrated golfer Bobby Jones once said: “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” 
Which neural processes underlie expert sport performance? How do our brains evolve with training? Since the 1990s – known as the decade of the brain – brain imaging (e.g.
Somerset County Cricket Club have enlisted the help of a sports psychologist in a bid to end its losing streak in finals.
A new video produced with the help of a public engagement grant from the Society is helping the public understand the classification rules for athletes with intellectual disabilities taking part in the London 2012 Paralympics.
The Winter Olympic Games occur every four years. Just like the summer games, this quadrennial cycle presents many challenges for Olympians.
A child's motor coordination is negatively impacted if they are often lazy.
Footballers who struggle with mental illness could soon attend a retreat in an attempt to battle such issues.
Bigger targets are easier to hit, obviously. But did you know this relationship works backwards? That is, targets that we consider hittable look bigger as a result.
Past experiences can be used by sportspeople to help them prepare ahead of major games.
The London 2012 Paralympics have the potential to change public attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities, according to research presented in a symposium at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference earlier this year.
The best way to continue the Olympic feel good factor is to get involved with a group activity.
When athletes decide to retire, one of the most commonly suggested career paths is coaching.  Someone who has spent most of their life training for a sport and becoming an expert in it may feel that they want to give something back as a coach. 
Sport psychology research helps athletes and teams perform better in their sport and win gold medals, but the intensity of training and the commitment that athletes often make to achieve success can also have negative consequences.
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