Sports and exercise

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.
A dressage test requires the horse and rider to execute a pattern of gymnastic movements, in walk, trot, and canter at specific positions around an arena.
Sports that stretch across a full season appeal to women less than the Olympics, new research suggests.
An injured Liverpool footballer must overcome a psychological hurdle if he is to return to the level of performance he achieved prior to damaging his knee.
A new initiative is aiming to provide positive reinforcement for drug-free athletes at this year's London Olympic Games.
The poor habits displayed by unfit parents may be discouraging their children from leading healthier lifestyles, new research has found.
Top Olympic athletes are using a new sports psychology mobile app developed by US Track and Field Sports Psychologist Dr Steve Portenga.
England's footballers need a sports psychologist to help them succeed in penalty shoot-outs, it has been claimed.
Experiencing an injury prior to or during the ‘Biggest Show on Earth’ can be understandably devastating. 
Psychological skills training – mastering distraction, conquering nerves, overcoming fears and instilling confidence – has become an accepted and valued part of an elite athlete’s preparation for competition, with the likes of Jessica Ennis and Ha
Footballers need to prepare themselves mentally before taking part in penalty kicks, it has been claimed.
Heather Watson, who has become the first British woman to make it through to the third round of Wimbledon for a decade, puts her success down to having  the same breakfast every day – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. She also has a ritual of running to pass the ballboy her towel each time she changes ends. Perhaps salmon is good for you, but superstition has an important role in sport.
Wimbledon 2012 begins this week with Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer all in action. As ever, rain threatens to be the biggest talking point, but how do tennis's biggest names overcome the headache that the wet weather brings?
Psychology is playing a part in helping an amateur golfer while out on the course.
Dwain Chambers was overjoyed after racing to victory in the 100-metre Olympic trials in Birmingham.
Whether muttering under your breath, urging yourself on or cursing ourselves in frustration at a simple mistake, we all engage in self-talk daily. For an elite athlete in the centre of a roaring stadium, internal voices may have a critical effect on how they are feeling, and how they perform.
Athletes at the Olympics will be required to attain the highest levels of performance whilst under considerable levels of pressure. 
The beach volleyball event at this summer’s London Olympics will attract unsurpassed media attention and play to a capacity stadium. Tickets for the competition - despite only athletics coming with a steeper price tag - were vastly oversubscribed.
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