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Jonathan Trott is a ‘victim of win-at-all costs mentality

The Telegraph-Paul Bolton The win-at-all-costs mentality in high-performance sport could be blamed for Jonathan Trott’s early departure from The Ashes series, a sports psychologist has claimed. Trott is the third England batsman to leave a tour for stress-related reasons in … Continue reading

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Was England batsman Jonathan Trott simply forced to flee the scene of his failures in Australia?

The Telegraph – Derek Pringle Jonathan Trott was not one of the “tough three” England’s psychometric tests showed responded well to provocation from opponents. They were Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior. What Trott registered in those tests is … Continue reading

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Athletes coping with retirement from Sport -BBC Radio 4 Interview

Former world champion David Haye is likely to have to retire from boxing after sustaining serious damage to his shoulder, it emerged this week. However, many people will not realise the impact this sudden end to a career can have … Continue reading

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Man on a mission – Moeen Ali credits Steve Sylvester for much of his 2013 progress

Moeen Ali is proud to be a visible role model for Muslim cricketers in England but his talent with bat and ball is now also catching the eye by George Dobell It’s not the elegant batting you notice first with … Continue reading

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Ashes 2013: England opt for Chris Tremlett and turn to psychologist to avoid after-the-Lord Mayor’s show feeling

Instead of creating another summit to climb after the one they scaled last week to win the series, England plan to use this final Investec Test as part of their winter campaign when the precious Ashes urn will once again … Continue reading

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How to lower your expectations and win

“I feel like I’ve let myself down, let my coaches down, let everybody I’ve ever trained with down, let my mum and dad and brother down.” The is what the British judo medal hope Euan Burton said after losing his … Continue reading

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London 2012 Olympics: The cost of a high expectation of winning

For a Home Games, notable for a comparative dearth of British medals, athletes high expectations of winning may need some examination. In fact, an expectation of winning, like smoking, should come with a government health warning. Expecting to win can … Continue reading

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Increasing use of Psychology in Football – Euro 2012

Over 10 years ago, I ran a psychology workshop for the Manchester United Academy Coaches under the direction of Assistant Academy Director Tony Whelan. All those years ago, there was a growing acceptance that Psychology could offer something to the … Continue reading

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Will Team GB’s uniform bring Victory at the Games?

Thinking they look good in their sports kit does not necessarily mean a person is any more likely to perform well at events such as the Olympic Games. This is according to Steve Cram, who was speaking to the BBC … Continue reading

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Fortysomething: the new mid-life crisis Today’s young professionals, who delay starting a family until they are able to buy their first home on the verge of middle age, can only hope that life really does begin at 40.

Hannah Sutherns’s life should be following a time-honoured path. A graduate, aged 29, she works as a personal trainer in west London and has been with her boyfriend Rob Pittaway, a maintenance manager, for five years. “I thought that my … Continue reading

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