Sports 2012

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
The secrets behind the success of those leading and managing Britain’s elite athletes have been revealed in research by sport and performance psychologists at Loughborou
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.
Winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics will be the pinnacle of success for many athletes around the world. 
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.
Children need to be encouraged to increase their activity levels, new research has suggested.
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. 
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