Psychology

Coach talking to the players
How to get your group to become a team
Volume 29 Number 2
A common problem for many coaches is how to get a group of athletes, often of varying fitness or skill levels, to perform as a team.
Waterpolo in action
Theory to practice - performance psychology: increasing mental toughness
Volume 29 Number 1
A number of studies have generally shown that an athlete’s perception of their skill level is often far less than the reality. Added to this, an athlete may assume that when faced with a number of distractions or major and unexpected changes to their training or competition environment, his or her performance will suffer accordingly.
Athletes about to start a triathlon
Stop playing those mind games
Volume 29 Number 1
Sport is 95 per cent mental and five per cent physical? Not so says Sport psychologist Dr Phil Jauncey, the mind is over-rated.
athlete sleeping
Strategies for quality sleep
Volume 29 Number 1
Sleep is something we often take for granted.  It is also often the first thing we sacrifice when we are busy, and poor sleep is often the first sign of stress or anxiety. However quality sleep is vital to our health, our well-being, and our performance.
Netballers in a huddle
Should there be an 'i' in team?
Volume 29 Number 4
One of the most commonly used quotes regarding teamwork is: 'There is no ‘I’ in the word "team" '. But how accurate is this saying when developing team cohesion and dynamics? 
Netball team in a huddle
Dealing with mental blocks
Volume 28 Number 1
In sport we continually come up against opponents that always seem to have the edge over us. In the literature, a number of examples come to mind, especially as opponents struggle with performance slumps of their own and great winning streaks of their opponents.
Cycling in action
Performing under pressure
Volume 28 Number 1
The clock is ticking; there are only five minutes remaining.  Your team has to score four goals in the next five minutes in order to make the final and your chance at gold and glory. Some of the players look intensely focused; others look desperate, or slightly ill…
AFL match at AAMI Stadium
To be a great 'big-event coach?'
Volume 28 Number 4
Like athletes, some coaches thrive in big pressure situations, and others fare poorly.
A swimmer standing on the blocks
Listening to the voices in your head: identifying and adapting athletes' self-talk
Volume 28 Number 4
How athletes think or what they say to themselves can have a critical impact on their performance.
Athlete thinking
Emotional intelligence: Could it be the answer to the age-old problem of emotions impacting on athletic performance?
Volume 28 Number 3
Recent research at the South Australian Sports Institute, in conjunction with Swinburne University, has investigated the potential role of emotional intelligence in elite sport.

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