Category Archives: Sports Psychology

Information and articles about how factors such as confidence and concentration can affect performance in sports.

Euro 2012 – Why English Fans Might Be More Entertained Than Their Spanish Counterparts

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As football fans around the world prepare for the start of Euro 2012 this Friday, we cannot help but reflect on the contrasting circumstances of two of the tournament’s most talked about teams. As summer is to winter, as joy is to sorrow, as hope is to despair – so is the mighty Spain to lowly England. Continue reading

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The FA Cup – Where the Underdog Always Wins

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First held in 1871, the FA Cup is the oldest competition in football history. The tournament is steeped in tradition and has provided countless moments of football magic over the years. There are many reasons to be excited about this fabled competition, but without a doubt, the greatest thing about the FA Cup is its giant killing culture. Continue reading

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What is Sports Psychology?

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Sports psychology is essentially the study of how the mind affects physical activity and athletic performance. According to the American Psychological Association, “sports psychology addresses the interactions between psychology and sport performance, including the psychological aspects of optimal athletic performance, the psychological care and well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, and the connection between physical and psychological functioning.” Continue reading

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Manchester United’s Grit and Comeback Culture

Sir Alex FergusonOn Sunday February 5, 2012, fifty minutes into their highly anticipated match, Manchester United went 3-0 down against top four rivals Chelsea. Logic stated that it would be curtains for the Red Devils and that Andre Villas-Boas’ side would take all three points. Continue reading

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The “New Manager Bounce” Explained

martin o'neill sunderland managerEvery once in a while there comes a time when the chairman of a football club has to make that difficult decision to let the manager go in order for the team to move forward, or in some cases, to save the club from the peril of dropping out of the Premier League and the possibility of financial ruin. Clubs know they cannot afford to lose their top flight status in this day and age and will do everything they can to preserve it. And if that means cutting the cord with the man at the helm, then it is a sacrifice they are ready and willing to make. Continue reading

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