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Sex before the match!?

[voor een Nederlandse vertaling van dit bericht klik hier] In sports, long the idea has prevailed that sexual abstinence, that is, no sex before competition, is good for sports performance. Recent research however shows that healthier people have more sex.

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Posted in Football, My own research, Science General, Sport Science

Positive Coaching

Imagine you’re coaching a big football game, against an undefeated team that has beaten your team in all your previous matches. Your 11-year-olds are playing well and are ahead. Then, in the closing minutes, the official makes a bad call

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Oxytocin and Team Decision Making

Dr. Paul Zak explains how morality (read: important decisions when we work together with other people, such as in team sports), is linked to the neuro-peptide oxytocin. Taken from the BBC documentary Horizon: Are you Good or Evil.

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Posted in Football, Joint Action, My own research, Science General, Sport Science

Sportsmyths: sex before a game – do or don’t?

“I think soccer player contracts should have a clause going something like: the player has to have sex on the day before a game and, if possible, on the day of the game. When I do it before a game

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Associating interpersonal relations within a team and ‘on the pitch’ decision-making in football

A poster I presented at FEPSAC 2011 Madeira Research to date in sport psychology has mainly focused on the individual athlete and the necessaries they need to achieve expert performance. In doing so, the impact of the (social, emotional, etc.)

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On the importance of positive emotions and sharing goals in football penalty shootouts

Emotional contagion is an important process to consider in the context of elite sport performance and training. A talk at 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology July 2011 on Madeira, Portugal. Research has shown that teams that show more positive and team

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Emotional contagion in association football penalty shootouts

A talk at 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology July 2011 on Madeira, Portugal. We examined the association between celebratory responses after successful football penalty kicks and the outcome of a penalty shootout. Method: Individually displayed post-shot behaviours in

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Posted in Dynamical Systems, Football, My own research

Shaping Decisions in Sport: Affordances and Social, Neural, and Physiological Constraints on Action.

A talk at 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology July 2011 on Madeira, Portugal. Decision-making is relevant in instances where an individual athlete needs to reach an individual solution, such as when taking a penalty kick in football or

Posted in Dynamical Systems, Ecological Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Joint Action, My own research, Sport Science

Sport science and chances – what would you do if you knew the chances to win?

When you think about chances it is easy to think about gambling. But also in science chances are important. Scientists use statistics to discover which theories are more likely then others. But the notion of chance always remains relatively abstract.

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Performing Under Pressure in Elite Football

Watch Geir Jordet present a nice overview of research on performing under pressure in elite football. Geir shows how high ego, ego threat, and emotional distress can lead to self regulation failure, that is, missed penalties in footbal. He also

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