Category Archives: Sports Psychology Blog

Welcome to the Confidence Coach’s Sports Psychology blog. Here you will find insights on current sporting events, from the perspective of a sports psychology practitioner.

The purpose of this blog, is to get inside the sporting drama…why the player or team do what they they do…their thinking…mindsets…attitudes…their fluctuating state of confidence…and all the other mental and emotional pieces that create the psychology of sports.

The most recent articles are at the top of the List Of Sports Psychology Blogs Index.

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – The Wimbledon Final Hysteria!

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So it’s all over for Andy Murray for another year. Despite his best efforts, he was found to be not good enough against the masterful Grand Champion Federer. Yet this morning the story was not about the seven times Wimbledon champion, but about Murray. How his tears had endered him to the nation. How he ‘did us proud’, and other… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Tom Maynard – A Warrior Spirit!

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This morning Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard passed away. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom for three years, and he was a truly special individual. Tom had an unwavering sense of principle and deep rooted values, that he always held to, allied with a warrior spirit that loved a challlenge. Tom had no fear of failure, and loved to test… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Glamorgan – A Team Without A Cause!

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On Wednesday at The Oval, Surrey and Glamorgan met in a CB40 over game, that was dedicated to the memory of Tom Maynard. Tom played with great passion for both clubs, and it was fitting to see both teams carry his name on the back of their shirts. However, only one of the teams played in a manner befitting his… Read more »

Football Psychology: Nicklas Bendtner – Misaligned Values!

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It’s the Denmark / Portugal Euro 2012 group game, and striker Nicklas Bendtner has pulled a goal back for Denmark. He ‘celebrates’ by showing us his underwear, which is conveniently covered in the name of a bookmakers logo. It’s as tacky a celebration as you could wish to see, and unsurprisingly the Dane has been hauled over the coals by… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Rebecca Adlington – Fear Of Failure!

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The London Olympics are fast approaching, and swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington is nervous. Rebecca is one of the poster girls for the Olympics. A public figure and focal point for the nation’s expectations. Expectations that can become a massive burden. Expectations that can lead to fear of failure. And when fear of failure holds sway, then under-performance can easily… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Novak Djokovic – Winning!

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It’s the second set of the Djokovic / Ferrer slug-fest at the Australian Open. Djokovic looks out on his feet as he tries to match the doggedness and tenacity of the Spaniard. Holding his injured leg. Breathing heavily. Surely Ferrer is going to level at one-set all and kick on. But no. Djokovic finds another gear and simply brushes his… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Andy Murray – The Ivan Lendl Effect!

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It’s the week before the Australian Open. And Andy Murray is happy. As well as securing the Brisbane Invitational title, he has a new coach. Eight times Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl is now in Murray’s corner. Murray has brought Lendl in for one thing. To help him win match-defining points in Grand Slam semis and finals. And thus major… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Adrian Lewis – Champion!

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So Adrian Lewis has successfully defended his darts World Title. Winning the title once is an outstanding achievement. To repeat the win, shows that it wasn’t a fluke, or ‘lucky week’. The further Lewis advanced in the 2011-12 competition, the more he spoke of himself as being ‘World Champion’. He was tapping into the powerful mindset of being champion. It’s… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Paul Nicholson – Dana!

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It’s the third round of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace. And Paul Nicholson is simmering. He has just come off stage, having lost 4-1 to Kim Huybrecht’s. And he’s blaming Huybrecht’s girl-friend Dana Verhaegen for his unexpected loss. Regular big-screen close ups of the pretty Verhaegen, proved a lure for the women-hungry beer swilling crowd. Leading to boisterous… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Sachin Tendulkar – Ninety-Nine

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Since March 2011 Sachin Tendulkar has been stuck on ninety-nine test hundreds. Every time he walks to the wicket, the eyes of the cricketing world are on him. He’s probably being adviced to bat normally. Which is what he has done to secure ninety-nine centuries. But it’s very hard to bat normally when cricketing history awaits you. Tendulkar could easily… Read more »