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How sports psychology can be used to treat sports...

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Pain and brain – a revolutionary approach to treating injury Injury and pain are a competitive athlete’s worst nightmare, scuppering even the best-laid training plans. And when injuries become chronic, they can destroy confidence and even end athletic careers. But a revolution is taking place in our understanding of pain, which has profound implications for... MORE

Sports psychology: let the music flow

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Recent research has seen some creative approaches to developing psychological skills to boost sport performance, such as listening to carefully selected music and watching personal motivational videos. Andy Lane evaluates these new techniques, explains how they can be assessed and suggests ways in which they can be incorporated into training.  Music can play an important... MORE

Music and sport

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Music hath charms to soothe the savage workout – or perhaps it doesn’t Athletes seem to enjoy listening to music while they are training, whether it’s hot jazz or hard rock broadcast over a loudspeaker system in the gym or cooler tones brought direct to the ears by the earphones of a carry-along Walkman. Many... MORE

The role of momentum in sports performance

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The concept of psychological momentum in sport and ways to trigger, maintain and reverse it It’s often talked about but poorly understood. Lee Crust looks at the evidence for ‘psychological momentum’ and whether it can contribute to a winning performanceIn professional sport there are numerous examples of teams or individuals that just seem to be... MORE

Mind and performance: using music and emotion to your...

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Sport psychology is a relatively young science but, as Andy Lane and Tracey Devonport explain, the years since the turn of the century have seen some major advances in understanding the role of the mind in sport Emotion regulation It is commonly accepted that playing sport can produce strong emotional responses. Examining how people manage... MORE

How music and video can improve performance

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Professor Andy Lane and Tracy Devonport explain why athletes should definitely consider using music and video technology to enhance performance The use of strategies such as goal-setting, imagery, self-talk and emotional control when working with athletes are highlighted in many textbooks on applied sport (1). This might lead aspiring coaches or practitioners to assume that... MORE

Listening to music can improve sports performance

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The relationship between music and sport The proliferation of mp3 players has made training to personal musical accompaniment easy. But despite the capacity to create specific playlists, anecdotal evidence suggests that the order of athletes’ mp3 playlist tracks is far from systematic. Dan Bishop invites you to buck the trend. The direction of your attention... MORE

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