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Training Articles - Psychology



  • Mental Training Techniques
    Camilla Sheppard provides an overview of how you can improve your performance with simple mental training techniques. Research has shown that having self-belief, a high level of concentration and self-control can vastly enhance even the most successful athletes' abilities.
  • Pressures of being an Elite Athlete
    Isobelle Biggin provides an overview of her doctorate research project into coaches' and athletes' perceptions of mental ill-health in elite athletes, how these issues arise and the challenges and barriers in athletes accessing support.
  • Building Mental Strength
    Sports are a pastime enjoyed by many. Whether sports are played professionally or by amateurs, it is essential to be healthy physically and mentally. When building physical strength, one's progress is quite visible, but mental strength development may not be so easy to see. There are many different ways in which people can increase their mental strength.
  • The education required to be a sports psychologist
    Sports psychology encompasses various disciplines within sports science and psychology. Aspiring graduates can choose multiple pathways in their education and career. There are numerous employment opportunities in sports psychology, including teaching, therapy, counselling, research, coaching, etc.
  • Athlete Depression
    Even though exercise can help improve mental health, The British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that the rate of depression among scholastic athletes can be as high as 21%.
  • Which Is More Important for Athletes Physical or Mental Preparation?
    Physical abilities and sports skills are worked on throughout the career, but the same kind of treatment deserves mental preparation - the best coaches are aware of that, and their players go through a "drill" that strengthens their "head".
  • Finding the sport that best suits your personality

    Sport has long played a role in developing communities and cultures. Whether you love to be active or have nightmares about being picked last on the football field, there are sport options out there for you.

  • Emotional Training
    The physical objective is the fitness/strength/speed requirement, and this usually determines the structure and content of the session. The value objective is a skill or psychological factor you want to be learnt or practised. Defining both objectives when planning a cycle or session helps you achieve a balance and progression in training.
  • Self-Esteem
    Confidence and high self-esteem have always been promoted as the best, most important aspect of one's personality, but is such high self-esteem always good to have in sports? Let us find out.
  • Study and Motivation
    Being motivated all the years while studying is not so easy. There are many ways to cope with this problem, and professional help from outside is one of the main ones. Interested in the details, then read on.
  • Goal & Process Motivation
    David Lowes and Dr Matt Long spent time with Olympic champion David Hemery CBE who provided an insight into his winning mentality. It is October 15, 1968, and in the high altitude of Mexico City, a 24-year-old British athlete wearing number 402 is settled in his blocks out in lane six as he attempts to become Olympic champion over 400m hurdles. Now 44 years later, we analyse the reflections of David Hemery in his finest hour through recourse to the tool of Reversal Theory.
  • Minding your Mental Fitness
    David Lowes and Dr Matt Long investigated the mindset of mature elite athletes and social athletes' perspective. Being in the right frame of mind is essential to deliver a performance allied with endless hours of steady running and repetition work on the track for middle-distance athletes.
  • Controlling the Raging Monster Within
    To control your emotions during a competition, you must do two tasks - have an accepting mindset before a competition and arm yourself with mental strategies to cope with errors or mishaps.
  • Mental toughness - Count your blessings
    Dr Matt Long explores some useful mental strategies that you could use to help you cope with endurance events like the marathon or the Tour De France.
  • What influence will sports psychology have on the rehabilitation of injuries and the improvement of the performance of sports skills?
    What influence will sports psychology have on the rehabilitation of injuries and the improvement of sports skills performance? It is essential to realize that there is not one specific psychological skill that assists in repair. Each psychological skill obtained must be individualized based on the individual's psychological state and the sport that the individual is a participant in. A few examples of psychological skills include mental imagery, goal setting, and positive self-talk. These psychological skills may be used during sports injury rehabilitation to motivate athletes to adhere to rehabilitation.



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