Let's Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music

For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous - it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good ...

Dec 8

Categories: Health Psychology, Sports Psychology

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Walking lifts your mood, even when you don’t expect it to

The mere act of putting one foot in front of the other for a few minutes has a significant beneficial impact on our mood, regardless of where we do it, why we do it, or what effect we expect the walk to have. That’s according to a pair of ...

Nov 25

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Why all the practice in the world can’t turn you into an Olympian

Practice makes perfect. It’s a mantra we hear all our lives, from simple refrains in kindergarten to the more nuanced versions that populate self-help books. It’s everywhere at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, as athletes credit the long ...

Aug 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Psychologists Say Olympic Athletes' Weird Rituals Are Actually ...

Serena Williams is rumored to wear the same socks for the duration of a tournament and bouncing her tennis ball five times before her first serve. Psychologist Stuart Vyse, who authored a book on the psychology of superstition, says pregame rituals ...

Aug 17

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Choose Your Words Carefully When Motivating Your Young Athletes

Your kids want you to be proud of them. This need for a parent’s approval can be a powerful or destructive force when it comes to sports. When we communicate goals for our kids, the wording we choose can make all the difference. New research out ...

Jun 5

Categories: Sports Psychology

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The Subliminal Power of Positive Cheering

Young athletes often hear phrases of encouragement like, "dig a little deeper" or "be mentally tough." For most kids, these words from a coach, a parent or a teammate go in one ear and out the other. While the conscious brain may dismiss this ...

Jun 2

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Fight Fatigue By Overriding Your Brain's Urge To Quit

What makes an endurance athlete quit? Not quit the sport, but quit during a competition. Every runner, swimmer, or cyclist starts a race with the desire to win or at least achieve a personal best time. They've done the pre-race math - keep at a ...

Jun 6

Categories: Sports Psychology

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'Self Talk': When Talking to Yourself, the Way You Do It Makes a ...

Researchers say talking to yourself, out loud, is more common than many of us might care ...

May 24

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Positive Self Talk Can Boost Your Athletic Endurance

During a tough workout or a physical game, we get plenty of signals from our body that muscles are sore and the endurance wall is fast approaching. However, our brain is wired to be overprotective and tells us the tank is almost empty when in fact ...

Dec 17

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Australian Olympic Committee to send more psychologists to Rio ...

THE Australian Olympic Committee is set to send more psychologists to the Rio Olympics to meet athletes’ increasing demand for mental support. It comes after sporting stars, including champion swimmers Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe, spoke out about ...

Oct 1

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Simple fist-squeezing procedure helps athletes avoid choking under ...

The next time you're faced with a high-pressure situation in sport, try squeezing your left fist tight for thirty seconds. According to a team of German sports psychologists, doing so will activate your right hemisphere, aiding automatic, skilled ...

Jun 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Why Do Top Athletes Suddenly Develop “the Yips” - a Tendency to ...

A single short putt is necessary to win the tournament, but suddenly the golfer's hands cramp up, and the putt goes wide. According to several studies, as many as 48 percent of serious golfers have experienced such motor skill failures, known as the ...

May 21

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Male Testosterone Levels Increase When Victorious in Competition ...

Sporting events can bring a community together, such as when the Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA championship and University of Louisville campus was filled with camaraderie. They also can fuel bitter rivalries, such as the long-standing animosity ...

May 15

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Structured Reflection Improves Team Performance

With the word “team” ubiquitous to the point of cliché in the business world, the new research indicates that teams improve their performance when they meet in a structured environment in which each member reflects on his or her role and how it ...

Apr 10

Categories: Sports Psychology

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