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.

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Cricket Psychology – Alastair Cook & The Trigger Movements

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So another failure for Alastair Cook in the test series against Pakistan. The debate around the England opener, has centred around Cook’s trigger movements. A batsman’s trigger movements are designed to help him both get in position, and then react to the ball. But trigger movements are meant to provide stability, like a golfer and their pre-shot routine. They give… Read more »

Football Psychology – Keigan Parker And The Unfulfilled Talent

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It’s tuesday night at Fleetwood Town football club. The small fishing town now have a team in the Conference, one division outside the Football League. A fantastic achievement. Tonight they are hosting Mansfield Town, who only recently were in a League Two play-off final. And up-front for Mansfield, is a small pacy striker, who in 2007 scored one of the… Read more »

Football Psychology – Nicolas Anelka & The Eighteen Match Ban

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So after the fiasco of the failed World Cup campaign, the French Football Federation have come down hard on one of the main perpetrators of the French self-sabotage, by banning Nicolas Anelka for eighteen games. This effectively means that Anelka will not represent his country again. But more importantly, it allows a critical re-evaluation to begin. A re-evaluation around the… Read more »

Football Psychology – Blackpool & The X Factor!

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The pundits had written Blackpool off. Dismissed them out of hand. Lowest points ever. Relegated by January said ‘expert’ Piers Morgan. And when you look at the evidence its easy to make these arguments. This is a team that has previously shown no real obvious ambition to be a Premier League team. That is in terms of infra-structure, player recruitment,… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Cycling In Adversity

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David Millar was the last Briton to wear the leader’s yellow jersey in 2000. He finished Monday’s ninth stage in 181st place, 42 minutes 45 seconds behind winner Sandy Casar, after a day plagued by a stomach problem and back spasms. “Today represents a brand new entry into my top five worst-ever days on a bike,” the Team Garmin-Transitions rider… Read more »

Football: Holland – Losing Ugly!

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The World Cup is meant to be the stage by which the game of football develops and evolves. A visible forum of new ideas; theories; moves and formations. A means to transfer the best of the game from the top table to the grassroots. Unfortunately, Dutch coach Bert Van Marjiwk took no heed of that notion. For him winning was… Read more »

Football: QPR – What Next?

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On Saturday, Queens Park Rangers travel to Blackpool, for a Championship match. But who will be in charge of The R’s? Two months ago, Jim Magilton was sacked after a dressing room bust-up with Akos Buszaky. Now. its understood, that new incumbent Paul Hart is on the verge of departing Loftus Rd, after a bust up with loanee Adel Taraabt…. Read more »

Darts Psychology: John Part – Jet Lag!

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John Part looked unbeatable in his first round Alexandra Palace match against Tone Greebe. Could a fourth world title be on the cards for the Canadian. No! Why? Because he went home for Christmas. Flew back to Canada. And returned to London yesterday. He then played and lost by 4 sets to 1 to Kirk Shepherd, with a heavy case… Read more »

Football: Manchester City – Core Values?

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‘Unacceptable’. The words of Sir Alex Ferguson to describe the manner in which Mark Hughes has been treated by Manchester City. Sitting through the 4-3 Sunderland game at Eastlands, knowing that rumours were growing like wild-fire, about his impending sacking. Of course, it will all be forgotten about soon enough. But the way in which the Hughes sacking has remained… Read more »

Darts Psychology: Gary Anderson – The First Round!

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It’s the first round of the World Darts Championship, at The Alexandra Palace. Gary Anderson is playing Jamie Caven. Anderson is a class act. He has what it takes to become World Champion. If not this year, then sometime soon. When he’s in the groove, he looks unbeatable. The darts flow from his hand, and the scoring is heavy. But… Read more »