Sports 2012

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.
Yesterday’s ceremony marked the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games. But what long-term effect will the success of British athletes and the Games as a whole have on the country?
Music has been integral to London 2012, throughout the opening ceremony and all Olympic events. It also promises to play a key role in Sunday’s closing ceremony.
‘The Wall’ is the term used to describe the point (usually after 20 miles) in a marathon when an athlete experiences a severe drop in pace. Usually, this is thought to coincide with an athlete running out of fuel in the form of glycogen. However, it is quite possible that there is also a psychological component to the Wall. 
As the demands associated with high-performance sport have increased over the years, so has the interest in the skills developed by athletes during their sporting careers.
Body language – gestures, facial expressions, eye movement, breathing patterns, skin colour changes, muscle tone, interpersonal distance, and posture – is thought to play a key role in sport, as the majority of communication there is done through the body.
Team GB's athletes are being assisted in their bids for Olympic glory by the support of the home crowd.
"I feel like I've let myself down, let my coaches down, let everybody I've ever trained with down, let my mum and dad and brother down."
A sports psychologist has played an important part in Britain's rowing success in the Olympics.
The Premiership rugby union club London Waps and the mental health chairty Mind have announced that they are to work in partnership.
Top athletes, including Team GB's gold medalist Greg Searle, have come out of retirement especially to compete in London 2012.
“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.
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