Questions about the role of psychology in sports.

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Motivating players to train on their own time

I captain/coach an amateur level team: we can normally meet to practice only once a week, and usually are forced to choose between either focus on fundamentals, stategy, scrimmaging and similar ...
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Dealing with tension and poor behaviour among teammates

I am the captain of a quidditch team, "muggle quidditch" if you prefer, experiencing a few more or less regular issues with some of my players. We play a recent sport that puts together athletes from ...
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Dealing with “cheap” opponents

I recently joined a competitive basketball city league, and I've been dealing with some "cheap" stuff on the court - pulling on my jersey, pulling on my arms before a rebound (I'm taller than ...
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Is there strong research that demonstrates the effect of emotion on performance in different types of sports?

Many people discuss the physical toughness and attributes of athletes, while there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence about how 'mental toughness' can impact on the performance, especially under ...
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Can a large stadium impact college basketball players' shooting?

In the later stages of the NCAA Tournament (the Final Four, and possibly Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen), the games are usually played in large stadiums to accommodate a huge number of fans. Sometimes ...
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Neutral field advantage for team with more fans in attendance?

In college football, home teams outscore away teams by 3-3.5 points per game according to analysis by Matt Mills at SB Nation. But is the advantage due to the home crowd or something else? It's ...
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Which strategies to use against aggressive tennis players?

Aggression spread aggression. It is easy just to follow the other player and bang harder back. You need to outsmart the other player somehow particularly if you are about the same level or you feel ...
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How to get more self-confident while jumping kickers?

I have been skiing and boarding for quite a while now, and have no problems neither with high speed (on empty ski runs up to 80-90 km/h with ease without loosing control) nor some other kinds of ski ...
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How do over-achievers and/or professional athletes overcome summit syndrome?

HBR covers the syndrome here and here. I have experienced this in some many different areas such as football: what do you need to do next when you have achieved everything you wanted? To become ...
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Am I hyperventilating during racing? Extreme feeling of being tired/out of breath during mountain bike races

I race mountain bikes and I have had a number of races where I have been completely out of breath and unable to go faster because I feel like I am at my limit. I am experienced and I am a good bike ...
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I can't play my best/full in a football match in the morning

My club play almost all of its matches in the morning, but in this time my body still feels kinda relaxed and I'm not mentally motivated or physically. Plus I can't sprint or accelerate as fast. When ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

I'm a badminton player, not a very good one though (D-C2 level). Currently I'm having mostly temper-related issues on progressing in my game/winning matches (both friendly and competitive). I'm just ...
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Importance of a pre-shot routine

Before shots in golf and before free-throws in basketball, I notice players have a distinctive series of actions before setting up to hit the golf ball/shoot the free throw. A few examples of ...
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How to make 100 free throws in a row

One day during shooting I thought about how many consecutive free throws I could make. It ended in a bet (mainly with myself) that I could do 100 in a row by the end of the season. Working on that ...