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Sport and exercise psychologists meet in Belfast to discuss strategies for optimising performance and wellbeing

03 December 2018

Our Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology’s annual conference began in Belfast today, with a keynote address by Professor Cathy Craig on the potential sporting uses of newly emerging virtual reality technology.

Delegates also heard from Professor Jürgen Buckmann of the Technical University of Munich, who rounded the day off with a keynote speech on embodiment, wellbeing and performance.

The theme of this year’s conference is optimising performance and wellbeing, both for elite sportspeople and the general public.

There was a diverse range of presentations and posters on this theme, showcasing the breadth of work and research which is taking place within sport and exercise psychology in the UK.

James Newman gave a presentation on self-compassion in university footballers. James found that self-compassion in sportspeople, in this case footballers, may assist them in coping with, and recovering from, common setbacks such as injury, defeat and poor performance.

The conference is being held at the Hilton Belfast, and continues tomorrow.

You can follow it on Twitter at #dsepconf

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