Should athletes prepare for defeat?

Out of the 10,500 athletes who are competing at the London 2012 Games only 302 will win. The rest will be left to navigate the kaleidoscope of emotions that comes with failing to win. Many athletes struggle to cope with the weight of expectation that is placed upon them by their supporters and their expectant...

The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)

One of the most commonly discussed concepts in sport is the idea of performance flow. The ‘zone’ that athletes get into where their minds and bodies are at one and their performance soars to the highest level. In this interesting article, the guys from PsyBlog give us their view of Flow – in under 300...

How To Perform Under Pressure

One of the real tests that we all face is being able to perform in high pressure situations. It doesn’t matter at what level you perform because pressure is always present in some capacity. To win a game, make a crucial sale, hole a putt or achieve whatever result you are aiming for, you sometimes...

The Problem with Positive Thinking

As the young cricketer left the practise nets after a difficult session, he looked dejected and close to tears. He had endured a torrid time in the nets. He had been bowled several times, struck more than once in unprotected areas of his body and when he did manage to get bat on ball it...

Conquering Fear

I was recently approached by an equestrian event rider because her performances had begun to nosedive due to what she described as a “paralysing fear”. Now many people would probably be paralysed with fear just by the thought of getting on a large, powerful horse, riding at high-speed across undulating ground and jumping fixed obstacles that are often...

What Do You Believe You Can Achieve?

Nearly sixty years on, this event remains one of the most iconic events in sport. This is the famous race in May 1954 at Oxford University’s Iffley Road track that saw Roger Bannister become the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Roger Bannister set his sights on breaking the four-minute mile...

Playing the Big Game

“It’s a big game for a lot of players, especially me. But the most important thing is winning” Clint Dempsey, Fulham FC As we approach the football World Cup,  England fans up and down the country will be asking themselves whether this England team have the potential to win it or will they come up...

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