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My name is Dr Pete Olusoga, and I want to welcome you to a very special episode of Eighty Percent Mental

If you've listened before, you'll know that we talk...

There is a quote thrown around sport – painted on the walls of gyms, flagged up in sports books, printed onto t-shirts – that says “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” I disagree. Winning is fun. It is exciting. It is awesome. For a moment. But then it is gone....

Every four years, winning an Olympic medal becomes the focus for hundreds of athletes across the world, much in the same way that lifting the trophy at a major tournament consumes hundreds of footballers. It also means everything to the coaches and support staff: there’s the...

It's easy to see the physical side of surfing. But what makes it psychologically special?
My whole life has been immersed in surfing. It was the first professional sport I worked with, so I initially came from this understanding that ‘only a surfer knows...

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) has been a hot topic in Sport Psychology for the last couple of years, with more and more sport psychologists training to use the approach. I find it suits many athletes well, as instead of trying to block or deny the pressure they...

Amanda has played both hockey and squash to a national level, and still plays National League and international masters hockey. ‘In my Birmingham University days, where I did my degree, Master’s and PhD,’ she says, ‘I played squash with Matt Hammond, who now works in...

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference was, for the first time, held virtually and saw four keynote speakers present over two days. 

The BPS DSEP Chair, Dr Robert Morris opened the conference and introduced the first...

Have you ever noticed a change in the way you behave when you are in different social groups? For example, do you act differently when you are playing for a sports team versus when you are at the gym? These are the questions that The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise...

How did the podcast come about?

Pete: Well, Hugh and I, along with, Rory Mack, a PhD researcher and Motivational Interviewing trainer, have a WhatsApp group. We have some pretty honest conversations about sports psychology, about our...

The BPS has a Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP), for ‘practitioner psychologists who seek to apply psychological knowledge, skills and expertise within the context of sport and exercise’. The ...