Coping with emotions

Coping with emotions

Stress management in sport

Sport psychology: take mental charge of your performance Mental stress can hurt your performances in a variety of different ways. It can raise heart rate and oxygen consumption, harming your exercise efficiency and causing particular workout and race speeds to feel tougher than they actually should. It can increase muscle tension, reducing stride lengths (if […]

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Sports psychology: stress management in sport

How athletes can avoid emotional burnout in sport Athletics coaches are constantly experimenting on their athletes, whether consciously or not, by seeing how much training they can take. Up to a certain level the athlete improves in performance, to a measurable extent, but there eventually comes a point when the training is too much. The […]

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Sports Psychology: endurance training

Using your mind to help with endurance training Ultra endurance psychology – training the mind to take control Endurance performance is mentally tough; the best athletes can push themselves to sustain physical fatigue and remain psychologically positive over long distances and durations. But according to PP contributor Andy Lane, this doesn’t happen by chance; endurance […]

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Sports Anxiety Theory and Research

Competition Anxiety Article at a glance: Competition anxiety is defined and its symptoms explained; Research into the causes and measurement of competition anxiety is outlined; Five techniques to help you control anxiety prior to and on the big day are presented. ‘Meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two impostors just the same.’ Rudyard […]

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Sport Motivation

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 […]

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Self confidence

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 […]

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How Athletes Perform Under Pressure

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 […]

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Motivation in Sports Psychology

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 […]

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