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Training Articles - Psychology

  • Sports Psychology Tip: The Last Day You Ever Choke in Sport
    Lisa Lane Brown explains how to cure overwhelming nerves and performance anxiety so you can perform at your best under pressure in sport.
  • 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 improve the abilities of even the most successful athletes.
  • 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. No matter whether sports are played professionally or by amateurs, not only is it important to be strong physically but mentally as well. When building physical strength one’s progress is quite visible but developmet of mental strength may not be so easy to see. There are many different ways in which people can increase their mental strength.
  • How to Prepare Your Body and Mind for a Football Match
    If you play football, the key to your success lies in how well you prepare your body and mind for the match. Most athletes tend to think that they only need to warm up and prepare their bodies for a game, but the truth is that you also need to prepare your mind for what is about to come. Without your mind being focused, engaged, and cleared of distractions, you will not perform well, no matter how strong you are or how well yo have warmed up your muscles.
  • 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 mind-set of mature elite athletes and the mind-set of social athletes. Being in the right frame of mind is an essentiality 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 competition you must do two tasks - have an accepting mind-set before 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 rehabilitation of injuries and the improvement of performance of sports skills?
    It is important to realize that there is not one specific psychological skill that assists in rehabilitation. Each psychological skill obtained must be individualized based on the psychological state of the individual and the sport that the individual is a participant. A few examples of psychological skills include mental imagery, goal setting, and positive self-talk. These psychological skills may be used during sport injury rehabilitation to motivate athletes to adhere to rehabilitation.
  • How hypnosis can help your athletes to produce their top performance
    Hypnosis is an ergogenic aid used by many top athletes and teams that has been around for many years and is now making a comeback - perhaps due to the recent increased publicity that hypnotherapy is receiving.

Literature Review - Psychology

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