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Mental Health- A Challenge for Men in Sport or A Life Changer?

Many years ago, it was Mohammed Ali whose license was taken away because he was ‘different’ and did not try to ‘fit’ in. Even though Ali did not suffer from serious mental health conditions, he was betrayed by his boxing association for taking a stand. Ali was just the beginning of the spiral as similar to Tyson Fury who is a British professional boxer; he…

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Time for Change! Reflecting on Gender Inequality in Sports

All around the world sports is played, whether it be grass roots or for the Olympics. From a young age, boys are encouraged to play football or rugby and girls are encouraged to participate in netball or gymnastics. No matter what sport it is they choose to play, they are always laughing and having a good time. However, why is it that when these children…

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Achieving the unthinkable- Autobiography of a disguised team player

This piece is a fictional autobiography that takes you on a deep psychological journey exploring an athlete’s emotional mind Sports, being part of a team… is portrayed as fun and exciting. Is that all a lie or is it just me? Ever since I was young, I never knew what I wanted to be, who I wanted to be, and what ambition even was. Now…

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Adapting to the ‘New Normal’ in Sports

‘The year 2020 is cancelled’, ‘is this reality now’ ,‘the world has gone crazy’. These are just a few of the phrases that I have heard since Covid 19 came around. Everyone all around the world is experiencing the impacts of covid 19, the biggest events in the world are being postponed, competitions are being canceled, training facilities are closing- so where does this leave…

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Marcus Rashford – A youngster with the right mindset

Throughout the sport of football, you have all kinds of players. Most footballers have a really good season being at their highest quality and then move onto another club and not perform anywhere near their best. However, there are very few players who begin their journey from their current club’s academy and get to the first team and remain loyal. Marcus Rashford is one of…

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Naomi Osaka- Enjoyment or an Emotional Rollercoaster?

Naomi Osaka, a prime athlete as people of all ages look up to her, inspire to be her. In past games, Osaka has struggled to control her emotions if she is frustrated with her play or her opponent; however, we saw a huge turn around in Osaka’s attitude within the Australian open final against Jennifer Brady. Did she want to be seen as a role model now, as before this was a very strong responsibility for her to uptake?

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A lesson learned from Golfer, Justin Thomas- Managing emotions on the Golf course

Emotional management is what separates good athletes from great ones. Golfer Justin Thomas recently used a homophobic slur when he missed a hole.  Justin Thomas has a long way to go and he definitely isn’t homophobic or intentionally trying to offend anyone. However, it is an eye-opener for athletes who think that expressing anger and frustration on the golf course is acceptable. All of us…

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SELF DOUBT AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

During such unprecedented times, there creeps in our minds some room for self-doubt. As days pass, idly, procrastination, boredom starts to accompany us, along with which one starts to doubt oneself, their capabilities, work ethic or evaluate the decisions we made in the past. People start to question whether they are “good enough” or if they “deserve” a certain consequence of an action. This is…

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Visualisation for Improving Sports Performance

Visualization is the process of creating a mental image or intention of what you want to happen or feel in reality. It is in fact, used by athletes as a technique to ‘feel’ their best outcome of a training session or race or just to relax. It entails using imagery to guide them as to how a skill should be mastered, visualization in that aspect,…

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Why does Mindfulness work?

  My journey in the field of psychology took a turn when I finally decided to try Vipassana- a Buddhist form of meditation. When my sister started persuading me to try out the 10 day Vipassana meditation course, I was adamant. I thought it isn’t for me. It took me three years to go ahead with it. My sister has convinced at least 15 people…

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