Sports 2012

As Olympic athletes make their final preparations for the biggest sporting competition of their lives, sport and performance psychologists at Loughborough University have published research that can help them overcome and even thrive on the pressu
Performers at the Olympic Games will attempt to perform to their potential under intense pressure. Researchers at Bangor University’s Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance have revealed a remarkable backlash that some performers will suffer from. This is the ironic error: the performance error that each Olympic athlete will specifically trying most to avoid. 
A number of elite competitors, including Tiger Woods and Nick Dougherty (golf), Andy Cole, Jerzy Dudek and Nathan Redmond (soccer) and Ben Cohen (rugby union) have successfully reported using hypnosis to aid their preparation and sport performance
In sport the margins between success and failure can be minute. Sports performers, coaches and organisations go to great lengths to secure the tiniest advantage over competitors.
For over a century sport psychologists have been intrigued by the idea that you can practise sport with your mind’s eye.
There is a common misconception that young girls cannot physically compete with their male counterparts in sports, it has been suggested.
The emotional wellbeing of athletes could be markedly improved through a new training technique, research has suggested.
Psychology is increasingly being used in top-level football to boost performances and help players cope with the pressure of competing on such a stage.
With the Olympics on the horizon, elite sportsmen and women across Britain are making their final preparations for the biggest sporting event in the world.
After delivering a successful programme of CPD events in 2011, the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) are pleased to provide four workshops whi
Whenever a major televised football tournament takes place, there are suggestions in the media that it may lead to an increase in domestic violence.
Racism continues to cast its ugly shadow over football. As the European Football Championships kick-off today, the British government has advised fans of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent to "take extra care" when in Ukraine, host nation with P
Mentality may be as important as talent when it comes to personal success in sport.
Children from lower income families are being prevented from taking part in sports because of the high costs involved, new research has shown.
Engaging in high levels of physical activity might not necessarily help combat depression, new research has found.
An athlete's ability to remember could be significantly impacted as a result of head impacts.
The performance of a footballer could be affected by the colour of his kit and that of the opposition.
Exercise can markedly affect the brain and the ability to remember, new findings have suggested.
Playing in a positive sports environment could lessen the risk of a child experiencing depression, new research has suggested.
Creating a favourable first impression is vital when a coach begins to work with an individual athlete. And coaches have a much better chance of developing effective working relationships if they are able to manage the impressions and expectations that athletes form of them.
Professor Jan Burns from Canterbury Christ Church University, who is the Head of Eligibility for the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, was interviewed by Claudia Hammond on BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind yest
A person's motivation to exercise can be significantly boosted thanks to the help of a virtual partner.
British athlete Dwain Chambers is using sports psychology to help boost his performance and move on from his chequered past.
Coaches at the Olympics will play a key role in motivating their athletes to help them achieve optimal performances. But effective coaching is vital in many other performance environments, such as the military and education. 
Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United and England footballer, has given an insight into some of the psychological techniques he uses before a game to boost his performance on the pitch.
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