Endurance psychology

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

Mental strength: performing under pressure

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When you can manage your emotions, you can perform at your best By George Karseras, senior consultant at Sporting Bodymind, the UK’s first sports psychology consultancy At Sporting Bodymind we help our clients develop mental fitness. At the top level it is not your physical or technical expertise which separates you from the competition but... MORE

Mental Fitness

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When you can manage your emotions, you can perform at your best By George Karseras, senior consultant at Sporting Bodymind, the UK’s first sports psychology consultancy At Sporting Bodymind we help our clients develop mental fitness. At the top level it is not your physical or technical expertise which separates you from the competition but... MORE

Anxiety and sport

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If you want to get rid of anxiety, go out and run for 10 hours Do some endurance athletes use their sport as a drug? If so, it can be very effective medication, according to recent Japanese research. At the Tokyo Medical College, scientists studied 27 Japanese male athletes (average age = 36) who completed... MORE

Mood states

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High-level college swimmers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the States were studied for a research project published in 1991 The swimmers were assessed for psychological status over a four-year period, the measure being taken throughout the training and competitive seasons. The training programme followed was fairly standard and similar each year – 3000m per... MORE

Sports psychology: self-confidence in sport – make your ego...

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Self-confidence is not solely in the hands of fate, you are the person responsible for determining how confident you feel in a sporting encounter Article at a glance: Self-confidence in sport is defined; Six key elements contributing to self-confidence in sport are outlined; Practical exercises to boost self-confidence are given. When athletes feel confident, they... MORE

Eating behaviours in athletes: are you at risk of...

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Optimising eating patterns for maximum performance can increase the risk of eating disorders in vulnerable athletes. Dr Helen Lane and Professor Andy Lane examine how athletes and exercisers can gain confidence to exert healthy self-control around food Weight management and diet is an important issue for athletes and exercisers alike. Exercisers tend to be interested... MORE


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