Performance-enhancing shouts

Topic: Sport Psychology
Publication: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (2012)
Article: Something to shout about: A simple, quick performance enhancement technique improved strength in both experts and novices
Authors: Amy S. Welch & Mark Tschampl
Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin

imagery_10_12_08_000547Have you ever watched tennis – particularly the women’s professional tennis association – and wondered why the athletes grunted as they struck the ball?  Though I cannot speak on behalf of any of the players, my assumption was that it increased the attention and ultimately performance of the athlete.

According to research by Amy Welch & Mark Tschampl, I was half right, and the grunting does improve performance, but the boost is related to increased strength and not increased attention.


I/O Psychology and Sports: The Do’s and Don’ts of Handling Stress.

Topic: Selection, Human Resources, Sports Psychology
Publication: The Sport Psychologist (2006)
Article: Stressors, Coping, and Coping Effectiveness Among Professional Rugby Union Players.
Authors: Nicholls, Adam R.; Holt, Nicholas L.; Polman, Remco C. J.; Bloomfield, Jonny
Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin

10, 9, 8, 7; the clock ticks down in the final game and you are passed the ball. Make it, and your team is the champion. Miss it, and you have an off-season filled with regret and disappointment. From the field to the boardroom, stress exists. How do you handle it?


Want to up your game? You’re more likely to with a little help from your friends.

Topic: Development, Sports Psychology
Publication: Journal of Sports Sciences (2007)
Article: Stressors, social support, and effects upon performance in golf
Authors: T. Rees, L. Hardy, & P. Freeman
Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin

Does encouragement and other forms of social support affect the performance of athletes? Tim Rees, Lew Hardy, and Paul Freeman think so.  They hypothesized that social support would affect the performance of golfers.