Sports Psychology

Wimbledon Final: The Emotional Mindset of a Winner

Sloan Sheridan-Williams | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Sport
Sloan Sheridan-Williams

People who have emotional fitness can effectively handle the pressure of competition. Let's take Tennis as an example seeing as Wimbledon is all consuming at the moment. People with emotional fitness can bounce back from missed shots, double faults and lost tie-breakers. They don't sweat the small stuff.

As Andy Murray Appoints Amélie Mauresmo His New Trainer - Can a Woman Coach a Man?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

The appointment of Amélie Mauresmo as Andy Murray's new coach shook the sporting and tennis community. Objections include the fact women are not al...

Swimming's Great Highs and Heart-Wrenching Lows

Fran Halsall | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Sport
Fran Halsall

A lot has been made recently of "one year on" from London 2012. For me however, this time last year, I was sat on my balcony in the Olympic village crying my eyes out with the realisation that my dreams had just come crashing down around me.

Manchester United - They're Just Not All That Good

Rob Atkinson | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Sport
Rob Atkinson

At last, a Premier League football manager has gone public and given voice to a dark suspicion that thousands of us fans have harboured for a long time now. Roberto Mancini, may his name be blessed, says that teams facing the Mighty Manchester United are infected with a fatal lack of belief which amounts a lot of the time to actual fear.

What Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open Reveal About Mental Toughness

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

Andy Murray won the first set of the 2013 Australian Open, but then went on to lose the final to Novak Djokovic. The match demonstrates that at this level of the game, it is mental toughness which determines the victor, not superior technical skill.

A Gold Medal in Relaxation

Tony Wrighton | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Sport
Tony Wrighton

This is going to sound weird, but for many of our Olympic athletes, the best thing they can do right now is forget about it all for a while and have a good laugh with friends. Hang out, go to the movies, go sightseeing in London... anything to take their mind off the fact they've spent their entire lives preparing for this moment.

Inside the mind of the Penalty taker: Can Psychology explain why England fails in soccer penalty shootouts?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Roy Hodgson the England Football manager was reported by the Daily Telegraph newspaper to be cursing the 'psychological block' suffered by his team when facing penalty shootouts, lamenting that practising hadn't helped. But perhaps Hodgson and his team are in fact unaware of the latest scientific research on the psychology of how to take a penalty?