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Environmental psychologist Dr Ian Walker is to set out on an incredible 4,000-mile bicycle ride from the top to the bottom of continental Europe through 10 countries. Cycling...

Can you tell me about your background and how your sporting interests developed?
I grew up in Chingford, North East London, the same place as David Beckham and Harry Kane. I go back to my primary school, Normanhurst, once a year to talk about sports...

The Football Association made the approach to you – what were you up to when they found you?
I had gone out on my own to build a consultancy, Bluestone Edge. I did that for a number of years, across sport and business, and in time it became more culture...

Update: This collection was originally posted in 2018 as the men's England football team prepared for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. We looked back on some of our past material considering the mental side of the game (plus some external links).

After the...

During a web search I came across the MSc in Performance Psychology based in the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education. I’d interviewed several performance psychologists over the years, but the description of the course piqued my interest.

Alan made...

Without question, Shakiba Oftadeh Moghadam’s statement addresses an important topic. It is disappointing to see that rugby players, like athletes in many other professional sports, still show...

Rugby is perhaps the ultimate contact sport: players fight for possession of the ball whilst running, in scrums and lineouts, placing themselves at high risk injury during training and competitions. Dr Jean-Francois Kaux, a medical doctor from the University of Liege,...

Why psychology?

Psychology has played a massive part in my whole life really. Most importantly when I was in a car accident when I was 16, I became paralysed, and I was fighting for my life, the crash was pretty traumatic and going through a big trauma...

In 2012, The Psychologist ran an article entitled 'What does the Olympics mean to you?' Themes of inclusion, (dis)ability, learning, diversity, development, role modelling, legacy...

Along with Robert Schweitzer, Eric Brymer (Leeds Beckett University) has authored a new book called Phenomenology and the Extreme Sport Experience (Routledge).

Why extreme sport?
Many years ago, when I first got interested in exploring...