How to mentally prepare for a marathon

11 April 2014, 14:18

The London Marathon will see serious runners who have physically trained for months to prepare for the legendary race, still fail to achieve the times they are capable of.

According to Julian Goater, a world-class runner and running coach, serious runners have to do more than just the physically training and must also prepare themselves psychologically and develop mental strength in order to succeed.

“All of us are physically capable of far greater feats than we think, if only we can harness the power of the mind,” says Goater. “There are a number of things we can do to make ourselves mentally stronger and to give ourselves the best chances of being psychologically fit and aggressive on the day of the race.”

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Making the shift to more active and healthy lifestyles

14 February 2014, 00:02

Applied Health Fitness Psychology considers behavioural issues regarding exercise and nutrition using a research to practice approach.

This comprehensive text explains how health fitness psychology has developed into a wide-ranging discipline that can be used in various exercise, fitness and health settings, allowing both current and future practitioners to assist their patients or clients in adopting healthier lifestyles.

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The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology

11 November 2013, 10:53

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The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology

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This year’s Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society will feature a full and varied programme with keynote speeches by Professor Marc Jones of Staffordshire University whose chosen subject is “Adventures in Psychological Stress: From Playing Field to Country Park” and Professor Vincent Walsh of University College London who will present “Sport and the Brain: Why it matters”.

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Lying to win

24 October 2013, 15:31

PlaceboThe early history of placebos reveals how lies have been used by credentialed professionals to achieve desired outcomes.

An article in the November issue of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance introduces an intriguing Thomas Jefferson quote from 1807 addressing “pious fraud”: “One of the most successful physicians I have ever known has assured me that he used more bread pills, drops of colored water and powders of hickory ashes, than of all other medicines put together”.

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Register now for free October webinars from BASES

27 September 2013, 10:52

Edward Winter“Terms and nomenclature to describe exercise”
with Professor Edward M Winter
3:00 pm – 4:00pm BST,
Wednesday, 16th October, 2013

This webinar will address correct and incorrect use of terms and nomenclature to describe exercise. Correct use of terms should conform to classical (Newtonian) mechanics, the Système International d’Unités and hence, science. Register now >>

Vicki Aitken“The Playing Attitude:
Why we can’t think technically if we want to perform at our best.”
with Vicki Aitken
9.00 am – 10:00 am BST,
Wednesday, 23rd October, 2013.

Based on research and years of working with professional tour and elite level golfers Vicki has developed a system based around something she calls the “playing attitude”. Drawing on research in motor learning, flow and goal orientation theory among others she explains the method behind her system. Register now >>

Identifying whether young elite cricketers will be champs or chokers

28 August 2013, 12:23

bowling-machineA new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology suggests it might be possible to predict how young, cricket academy level, batsmen would perform when under psychological pressure.

The study involved the standard batting test that is conducted periodically with all cricketers at national academy level and is used to assess a cricketer’s ability to perform under pressured simulated match conditions.

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The three key elements of a speed development programme

26 July 2013, 14:23

SprinterSpeed was once seen as largely a genetic trait greatly unaffected by training, but the world of sports today recognises that a well-structured and scientifically sound training programme can, in fact, improve speed.

According to the US National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Ian Jeffreys, coaches and athletes alike must develop a fundamental knowledge of the factors that contribute to speed in order to maximise the benefits of training.

In his forthcoming book Developing Speed, Jeffreys details how speed relies on both motor skill development and the development of physical capabilities to produce effective ground-reaction forces.

He believes any speed development programme should include three key elements:

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Disability can lead to lower self-esteem

16 July 2013, 12:13

Special Olympics World Summer GamesSociety’s view of the ideal body as portrayed by able-bodied and airbrushed models rarely includes diverse shapes, sizes and abilities.

Stigma theory suggests that individuals with disabilities possess “discrediting attributes” that disqualify them from meeting culturally constructed appearance norms.

This stigmatization of marginalized groups often leads to negative attitudes, discrimination and exclusion, which can contribute to decreased self-worth.

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Golf Flow becomes a torrent

18 June 2013, 11:38

Justin RoseIn becoming the first Briton in more than 40 years to win the U.S. Open, on Sunday Justin Rose also became the second student of Dr. Gio Valiante to bring home a high-profile PGA Tour championship this month.

“On Sunday Justin was in the exact type of flow state that I write about in Golf Flow,” Valiante says. “In his winning press conference, he referenced the exact processes and methods I teach in the book.”

Valiante, named in the new issue of Golf Digest as the number two sport psychologist in America, began working with Rose in 2010 and says that he evolved from simply thinking like a mastery golfer to thinking and behaving like one on the golf course.

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Kind words better than the hair dryer treatment

17 June 2013, 12:32

Fergie and RonaldoTeam sports have become a vital informal learning setting in which athletes are taught, motivated and mentored by their coaches.

A recent experimental study published in the June issue of International Journal of Sport Communication examined the effects of coach verbal aggression on athlete motivation and perceptions of coach credibility.

Results revealed that athletes exposed to a verbally aggressive coach were significantly less motivated and perceived the coach as less credible than athletes who were exposed to a coach who used an affirming style.

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