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Psychology is a huge part of any athlete’s training. Taking time to attempt visualisation can help you achieve real results in a way that’s accurate and stress free. What is visualisation? Visualisation involves taking time to ‘imagine’ what success will look like for the exercise or task you’re trying to complete. For example, you could be a tennis player carrying out a difficult serve, golfer thinking about his next shot, or athlete completing a pole vault. Visualising involves ‘walking through’ your success, better engaging your training and muscle memory to complete the challenge in question. How can it help? Using...

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A vital part of recovery, securing a sports massage relieves your tired muscles and improves healing times. However, there are a few things that it’s essential to ask before you make a booking. Do I have any underlying conditions?: Sports massages can carry a lot of benefits, but you should remember that there are risks involved. If you’re recovering from injury, illness, or have issues around arthritis or your blood vessels, it’s important to consult your doctor before booking one. What type of massage do I want?: There are three key kinds of massage you will encounter for your session. These include...

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You can be training professionally, to lose weight, or achieve a desired physique. No matter what reason, it’s’ essential to understand your body type and how it can shape your routine. This includes three types of person: Endomorphs If you’ve got an ectomorphic build, you have shorter than average limbs and little bit of muscle mass on your frame. This is supported by strong shoulders and wide hips, the perfect complement to  contact sports and double-attack exercise that emphasises strength or cultivation muscle mass. Mesomorphs You’re a person with a medium height and build. These includes ‘wedge’ shaped body and...

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What is it? Put simply, competing with others put physical and mental stress on the body. This can result in a drop in performance and failure to achieve your true potential. How can it hurt my performance? In the short term, this can lead to choking, poor tactical and strategic decisions, and even injury due to accident.  In the long term, losses can get under your skin and injure your self-confidence – repeating the problem and magnifying it. How can I tackle it? While every athlete is different, we would recommend starting by implementing the following. Breath Management: Controlled breathing can...

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When it comes to sport, it’s super-easy to forget how much has changed over the last 400 years. Here’s a quick potted history for professionals and amateurs alike. 1600’s – 1700’s: This time saw folk games flourish under Tudor rule, with the rise of Puritanism stopping official play (and stamping down on most of the fun involved). This continued into the next century where things were all going to change. 1700’s – 1800’s: During this century, the industrial revolution had people working hard and struggle to enjoy their leisure time. While Sunday was a day of rest, the birth of the weekend...

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