Category Archives: Sports Psychology

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

How the NBA is Changing Its Approach to Mental Health

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We know that athletes from the NBA go through many physical challenges, especially when they have a packed schedule of training and games. However, we often overlook the impact that life problems, isolation, high pressure games, and constant training may have on their mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health in professional sports. Fortunately, the National Basketball Association has recognized this reality and has come forward to help NBA players to overcome their mental health issues. Continue reading

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Examining the Psychology of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder

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The 2018-2019 NBA season is in full swing and that means basketball fans can enjoy top-notch competition between some of the world’s best athletes on a nightly basis. This season the Oklahoma City Thunder stands out from the other teams for a variety of reasons. The team is playing with more cohesion, there is greater depth, coach Billy Donovan seems to be getting his message across to the players, and rhythm killer Carmelo Anthony has long left OKC. However, the most obvious improvement is perhaps the changed mindset of team leader Russell Westbrook. Continue reading

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The Psychology of a Tennis Champion

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The consensus among the tennis world is that Roger Federer is the greatest to ever play the game. For the past 14 years or so, he has produced some of the most exhilarating and unforgettable moments in tennis. Fans who have regularly watched him play, whether live or on television, can surely recall at least one moment when Federer’s unrivalled skill left them gaping in amazement. At the time of writing this article, the Swiss maestro has won a record 20 grand slam titles. Continue reading

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Why Do We Play Games? (Video)

Vsauce founder Michael Stevens looks at the various characteristics that define games, and asks why humans play them. Could games play a role in brain development? Do they prepare us for survival? What are the psychological rewards for playing games? Is life itself a game? All these and other fascinating questions are addressed in the video above.

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