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In the Shades of the Rings – Experiences of Interpersonal Violence in Elite Sports

In the Shades of the Rings – Experiences of Interpersonal Violence in Elite Sports

The pursuit of the Olympic dream is overshadowed by the pervasive issue of interpersonal violence in sport. Despite the challenges, a growing body of research and initiatives is dedicated to reshaping the culture of high-performance sports to prioritise athletes’ safety, integrity and health. Learn more about Olympics’ dark side: Abuse and neglect in elite sports. / more

Virtual reality training in Olympic sports: Promises and pitfalls

Virtual reality training in Olympic sports: Promises and pitfalls

The advent of virtual reality technology provides Olympic athletes and coaches with manifold new possibilities for training and competition preparation. Although promising and increasingly backed up by scientific research, it is important to be aware of the limitations and potential pitfalls of applying this new technology to the sports domain. / more

Unlocking the power of sports: the impact of Olympic values in prison rehabilitation

Unlocking the power of sports: the impact of Olympic values in prison rehabilitation

Discover how sports in prison foster empathy, health, and social reintegration. By practicing with the Olympic Spirit, inmates find a means to reconnect and rebuild themselves. A holistic approach that transcends barriers and provides a path to rehabilitation. / more

Psychological Aspects of Elite Performance in New Olympic Disciplines: The Case of Climbing

Psychological Aspects of Elite Performance in New Olympic Disciplines: The Case of Climbing

In recent years, sports that have traditionally been practiced as recreational and non-competitive have been added in the official Olympic program. For example, climbing is on the Olympic program for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. This article provides an up-to-date overview of the relevant psychological aspects of climbing that are important for performance. We also discuss how sport psychology can contribute to current and future challenges in Olympic climbing. / more

Sleep before, during and after the Olympic Games: an important determinant of sports performance

Sleep before, during and after the Olympic Games: an important determinant of sports performance

This article focuses on the basics of normal sleep and the various sleep problems in competitive sports athletes. Strategies and tips for improving sleep behaviour of athletes before, during, and after major competitions such as the Olympic Games are be provided. / more

Thinking gold: the link between cognition and performance in olympic athletes

Thinking gold: the link between cognition and performance in olympic athletes

In Olympic athletes, superior physical performance is clearly evident on observation. The non-visible cognitive processes also contribute to successful performance, yet they are still weakly researched and their mechanisms are unclear. With this article, we will provide insights into state-of-the-art research on the cognition-performance link in sports, focusing on elite athletes preparing for the Olympic Games. To do so, we will illustrate challenges associated with cognitive testing in the field of competitive sports, present solutions, and pinpoint how developing sport-specific vs. general cognitive measures can pave the way for individually tailored cognitive interventions. / more

The role of others' presence in sport performance under pressure

The role of others' presence in sport performance under pressure

The presence of other people is inevitable in sport and dealing with it is crucial for high-level performance. This article presents the potential explanation of social inhibition or choking under pressure in competitive contexts due to the presence of others and suggests ways to help athletes to prevent them. / more

Use your breath to gain a performance advantage

Use your breath to gain a performance advantage

Editor:  Elisa Bisagno
Editorial Assistant:
Rinat Meerson, Sofia Calderon
This article has also been translated into German, French and Italian.

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Are you mindful of your breathing pattern? In sports, having control over one’s own breathing pattern and its regulation represents a prominent advantage. The authors draw upon empirical findings, providing an overview of the science behind voluntary breath modification and its role in Olympic athletes’ performance.

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Players behind the scenes: How parents join their children’s road to the Olympics

Players behind the scenes: How parents join their children’s road to the Olympics

At the end of their Olympic careers, many athletes acknowledge the contributions of a hidden participant: their parents. In the present article, the authors review the pivotal impact of parents’ support for children’s development and success in elite sports and share insights on what constitutes positive parental involvement. / more

Essential Psychological Aspects of the Olympic Mind

Essential Psychological Aspects of the Olympic Mind

It is a common myth that perfection and ‘rising above yourself’ are required to clinch Olympic gold. Very rarely, however, do athletes realize a perfect race or match. If athletes nonetheless focus solely on this inspiring but virtually unattainable goal, they may underachieve in the big moments. From a psychological perspective, peak performance is also about controlling the controllables, acceptance, composure, focus on the task at hand, limiting performance losses, and being prepared for setbacks. / more

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