Coping with emotions

Sport Motivation

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To create a positive motivational climate you need more carrot than stick The motivation for participating in sport and striving for improvement is likely to vary considerably from person to person. Indeed, most people have multiple motives rather than single reasons. For example, a tennis player might be attending individual coaching sessions to improve her... MORE

Self confidence

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The majestic self-confidence of Jonny Wilkinson – or how expectations can make or break your performance The image of Jonny Wilkinson majestically kicking his way into the history books during last November’s Rugby World Cup final will live long in the memories of English rugby fans. The decisive drop-goal, scored with just seconds of extra... MORE

How Athletes Perform Under Pressure

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What causes skilled and experienced athletes to ‘choke’ under the many pressures of competition? This question, highly relevant in the wake of Paula Radcliffe’s dramatic and high profile collapse during the 2004 Olympic marathon, has been investigated by a team of Australian researchers, who set out to examine the role of self-consciousness and trait (or... MORE

Motivation in Sports Psychology

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The motivational dynamics of sport The 34th President of the US, Dwight D Eisenhower, once said that ‘motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it’. And as Dr Costas Karageorghis explains, recent research suggests that he wasn’t far wrong. Even better, changing... MORE

Exercise addiction

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Confirmation that exercise can be as addictive as ‘recreational’ drugs like cocaine, alcohol and nicotine came last month in a widely-reported US study which found that laboratory mice deprived of their daily ‘fix’ on the exercise wheel displayed measurable withdrawal symptoms in particular regions of their brains. But what exactly is exercise addiction? How common... MORE

Emotional Intelligence and Performance

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Can emotional awareness be developed as a sports skill? Emotional intelligence – why your head should rule your heart In recent years, sports psychology research has seen the rise of a concept named emotional intelligence. But what is it, how can it help sports performance and how can we enhance our own emotional intelligence? Andy... MORE

East African running: does genetics really explain performance?

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The following original paper by Canadian researchers offers an alternative explanation for the East African dominance of distance running (This paper, originally published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, is reproduced in full by kind permission of the BMJ Publishing Group. Br J Sports Med 2003;37:553-555) Researchers have long speculated on the factors that... MORE

Competition Anxiety Needn’t Get You Down

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Learn how to control anxiety ‘Meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two impostors just the same.’ Rudyard Kipling Sport is littered with the broken dreams of those who wavered when they most needed to be in control of themselves and focused on the task at hand. Costas Karageorghis explores the nature of anxiety... MORE

Sport Psychology: the importance of attributions

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How to learn from success and failure alike One of the most thought-provoking and imaginative sport psychology book titles I have seen recently is Susan Halden-Brown’s Mistakes worth making(1). For me, this title captures the essence of positive thinking and optimism, characteristics that can become important companions on the journey towards peak performance. I have... MORE


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