England’s captain Steph Houghton reacts to having a vital penalty saved in her team’s 2-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to the USA.
A sport psychologist on how sportspeople are taught to handle high-pressure situations.
Too often athletes are forced into a narrative in which their sport overtakes everything, to the detriment of their health and future happiness.
Kintsugi: don’t dwell on something that’s broken, repair it and make it something new again.
We need to learn how to rebuild from loss, failure, or defeat in life, and that can also help in sport.
Gareth Southgate dejected after failing to score in the penalty shoot out which ended England’s chances in the Euro ‘96 semi-final match against Germany at Wembley.
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Sport is full of high-pressure language which if eradicated can help athletes to express themselves and perform at their best.
Australian captain Steve Smith hits the pitch after being caught off balance from a delivery during the Australia v England Ashes Test in January 2018.
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Australia's cricketers were once known as tough but fair, but the latest ball tampering scandal has many asking how some of the leading players could have stooped so low.
Nathan Chen of the United States, considered a gold medal contender, falls while performing during the men’s short program figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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Why can an athlete dominate their sport, but fail to perform when it counts most at the Olympic Games? A number of factors the viewing audience can't see can explain poor performances.
Canada’s Andi Naude, who came into the Olympics ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s mogul skiing, reacts after failing to complete her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
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Failure is something all athletes need to deal with, especially when competing on the world stage that is the Olympics. Learning self-compassion can help athletes rebound from setbacks.
The All Blacks in action.
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Sport has a mental health problem, but rugby might have the answer.
You can tell quite a lot about whether your favourite player might win or lose from the primal noises they make.
Lennon in action.
Help with psychological issues for elite performers is not about reacting when problems bubble to the surface.
Children need to develop a few channels in life where they can get to know themselves and develop their self-esteem.
As retirement looms for elite sportspeople, there is a need to prepare for the transition to post-sport life. But there are also important things to consider for transition long before this.
Murray holds up the ATP World No.1 trophy in November 2016.
Research has shown that hard times and losses can help athletes perform better.
Athletes need to learn to find and access their ideal emotional state to achieve their best.
Athletes face as many as 640 organisational demands at a big competition – and they can all take their toll.
Grant Hackett at the Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney, April 5, 2015.
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How did the former Olympic swim champion Grant Hackett make it back in the Australian team after a six year break?
Sydney fans had much to celebrate after beating Hawthorn in the 2012 AFL Grand at the MCG in Melbourne.Can the Swans do it again this year?
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Hawthorn has recovered after a rough patch this season, with key players shaking off injuries and its tenacious coach returning after a health scare. So why have the Hawks earned their spot on Saturday’s…
After a nine-match winning streak, Richmond lost to Port Adelaide by 57 points in last week’s elimination final.
The AFL final series – with the semi-finals starting today – is one of the most ferocious and toughest contests we will see in Australian sport. Behind the scenes, there is no doubt a fair percentage of…
Brazil 1, Germany 7. Very few people would have thought such a result was possible, especially in a World Cup semi-final where both teams would be anxious to succeed. Both teams had been on a journey of…
World Cup 2014 has been described by many as the best ever for the exciting play and huge number of goals. And, as the tournament has progressed, the drama has increased, with hard fought games going to…
The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Andrew Lane, professor of Sport Psychology at Wolverhampton University, discussed subjects from the Suarez bite to getting…