Sports and exercise

“Perfectionism is an unwillingness to accept any standards or condition that is other than absolutely faultless and free from defects” says Ellis Cashmore in Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts. (Picture of Nadia Comaneci. Credit: Dave Gilbert)
The winning streak from the rest of the Great British team assisted Andy Murray in his efforts to win Olympic gold.
As the whole country shares in the elation of athletes enjoying Olympic success, people understand that these achievements represent the culmination of years of training.
As previously reported, the UK Anti-doping (UKAD) hopes that Squeaky the Duck will discourage athletes from using drugs at this year's Olympics.
With Team GB, today (1 August 2012), winning its first gold medals of the Games, Great Britain appears to be gaining momentum. (Photo of London 2012 Olympic medals. Photo credit: London 2012)
University of Portsmouth, Loughborough University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have jointly launched a campaign to ensure athletes from Team GB have the psychological strengths to deal with the pressures of competing at the Olympic Games.  (Photo from the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Photo credit: London 2012)
A leading American sports psychologist has said that athletes need to understand that winning and losing are part of the same experience, it has been claimed.
"East, west, home’s best."  Great Britain’s Olympians might well take comfort from this proverb when they consider the merits and demerits of performing on home soil (or sea), writes Dr Paul McCarthy, a
Professor Jan Burns from Canterbury Christ Church University is head of eligibility at INAS (the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability).
A project launched by Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy to improve mental health through exercise has been hailed as a success by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), reports
When considering what it takes to be a top Olympic slalom canoeist few people would draw parallels with chess. However, studies have found that the skills needed for these activities aren’t so different after all.
Success at this Summer’s Olympic and Paralympic games may be determined by the first impressions created by the competing athletes. (Photo of Louis Smith, Team GB Gymnast. Photo credit: Adidas)
(Photo credit: London 2012) The briefest mention of home invokes images of comfort, familiarity and security. So it is not surprising that research consistently shows sports teams and athletes typically perform better at home.
On 27 July in London a lone torch will light a giant cauldron that will burn the Olympic flame during the greatest psychological show on earth.
In a wide range of sport events like Premiership football, world championship boxing, Olympic ice skating and gymnastics – the talking point at the end of competition often focuses the skill of the officials and not that of the contestants.
The segment devoted to London in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Peking Games presented a gritty, urban view of the city – complete with hoodies and graffiti.
As Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British winner of the Tour de France, Dr Victor Thompson, a Chartered Psychologist, describes the challenges in one of the world's toughest sporting events. Following the historic results for British cycling in the 2012 Tour, take another look at the article we ran earlier this summer.
Basketball players are required to be strong emotionally when performing at the top level.
On 28 July, the day after the opening ceremony, the Olympic basketball tournament commences at the London Olympic Park.
In essence, moving up from juniors and becoming a professional athlete represents the contrast between; participating mainly for enjoyment, and delivering the results associated with senior status.
Parents have been advised not to replace physically and socially interacting with their sons and daughters with gadgets, because neglecting this activity can impact on their child's development.
Winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics will be the pinnacle of success for many athletes around the world. 
A former footballer has talked publically about depression - which may encourage others to be more open about mental illness.
The UK's high-performance sport agency UK Sport has confirmed its goal to be in the top four on the Olympic medal table. This means the nation's overall target is to receive at least 48 medals from a minimum of 12 different events.
Controversy about doping has plagued the Tour de France for years, which given that it is one of the toughest sporting events, isn't surprising. As the competition enters its third and final week we look at emerging areas of research into knowledge production, use and co-production in the field of doping in sport being carried out at the Carnegie Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University.
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