Sports Psychology

Athletes Have More Mental Toughness - In and Out of the Gym

Researchers found athletes have much greater mental toughness than non-athletes, particularly when it comes to hope and perseverance.

The Science and Psychology of Motivation for Athletes

What is motivation? And I don’t just mean the basic definition, but the science of how motivation works. What motivates you versus me?

Why the Option to Quit Actually Makes Us Work Harder

Researchers found when people had a choice to quit they actually become more persistent and accomplished more.

How to Learn From Both Success and Failure

While we may indeed learn through failure, we can also learn through our successes. In a recent paper, some scientists examined exactly how.

Quiet Strength: What It Is and What We Can Learn From Those Who Have It

Have you ever seen the strong quiet person who carries him- or herself with a presence of strength and humility at the same time. Here's what I think we can learn from these people.

New Study Suggests Subjective Factors Impact Performance

Aside from physiological markers, coaches might want to take their clients' preferences and tolerance of exercise into mind when designing exercise programs.

Resolution Check-In: How to Get Back on Track

How are you doing with your New Year's resolution? For those of us who have broken down, here's a chance to reconsider your approach and make a new plan for success.

The Most Underrated Principle of Strength Training Is...Balance

If you are able to tweak your training balance through life’s ups and downs, you will be able to keep yourself in check, and more importantly, keep yourself in training.

7 Life Lessons from a Ball on a Wire and a Barbell

Track and field hammer throwing and weightlifting have both provided much insight into my greatest strengths and weaknesses as an athlete - and more so, as a person.

See It Happen to Make It Happen: How Visualization Makes Athletes More Successful

What's the best way to psych up before a lift, sprint, or other athletic attempt? A new study found visualization blows other methods out of the water.

The Other Guys (And Why They Don’t Matter)

In 1988 Carl Lewis lost his focus and lost his shot at a gold medal. Why? Because he let Ben Johnson get in his head. If it can happen to someone like Carl Lewis, it can happen to any of us.

Why Successful People Don't Set Goals and You Shouldn't Either

It's popular to push the setting of goals, but what if setting goals could actually be a negative thing? And is it something that successful people actually even do? Evidence shows otherwise.

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