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Derek Larkin and colleagues (‘When winners need help’, August 2017) highlight a vital yet discounted issue within sport psychology: although the media portray athletes as living...

What connects these individuals: Frank Bruno, Dame Kelly Holmes, Marcus Trescothick [pictured] and Aaron Lennon? If you said are all are winners you would be correct; if you said all are elite sports individuals, again correct. But there is something else: they all reported...

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, Muhammad Ali went on to become one of the most recognisable figures in the history of sport. Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Century in 1999, there is no doubt that Ali is a sporting icon for the ages. In 1964, at just 22 years old...

‘The Banksy of the beautiful game’, proclaims the cover of this, The Secret Footballer’s fourth book. But there’s little beauty to be found in these pages: TSF has been brutalised by an ugly, corrupt and cynical beast. He’s been chewed up...

One thing you love about psychology
I love hearing people’s stories. It’s really as simple as that. I’ve always been interested in what motivates people to behave the way they do, why people might think certain ways about certain things. If I can work...

'I think ability is a 10 to 20 per cent requirement, you need 80 to 90 per cent mental strength.'
Glenn McGrath, former Australian cricketer

'Cricket is a game that obviously requires talent, but when talent is equal, as it so often is, the formula for success...

Photo: courtesy Amaechi Performance Systems

Tell me about your time at school in Stockport.

I hated school. I hated Stockport. The school I went to had perhaps ideas above its station, in terms of the type of school it should be: a...

England’s exit at the group stages of the recent men's Cricket World Cup has prompted much speculation about the organisational aspects of effective teams. Although Mike Atherton, former England captain and cricket correspondent for The Times, dismisses these as...

The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider Guardian Books and Faber and Faber Ltd
2014, HB £12.99

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