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The pressure to become the face of US soccer ruined Freddy Adu’s career

After more than a decade playing for 13 different teams, spanning three continents, Freddy Adu has signed for second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) soccer team Tampa Bay Rowdies. Adu is washed up at the age of 26.<p>When Adu first burst into the scene in 2003, as a 14-year old, signing what …

Tampa Bay

Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Playing sports has always been important to 31-year-old Erik Johanson, a city planner in Philadelphia. Johanson thrived in baseball and ice hockey as a kid, he says — "one of the best players on the team in high school."<p>Today, Johanson is married and expecting his first child but is still …

San Francisco

3 videos that describe what it's like to have anxiety and depression when our own words don't suffice

Having anxiety is tough. For everyone, it is a slightly different beast, but many of the core aspects are the same. One of the most frustrating parts …

11 Signs Revealed Only In People With True Confidence

The image of confidence that we have composed as a society is a bit blurry. Things that are presented as confident behaviour tend to be overly brash, …

Self-improvement

What Runners Are Thinking

About their pace, their pain, and traffic, mostly<p>Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, remembers feeling like a Roman ruler as she rounded the 21st mile of her 26-mile trek that day in April 1966.<p>“Five miles! I can run five miles in my sleep,” she wrote in her memoir, <i>Wind in the</i> …

Science is creating super-athletes — and making sports unrecognizable to previous generations

That's because "sports evolve over time," as Brooke Borel writes in the introduction to a discussion on TED.com of how science and technology are transforming sports.<p>As the three participants — "The Sports Gene" author David Epstein, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and sports biomechanics expert …

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Women’s Sports Win Over America

This summer’s feats in soccer, tennis and even ultimate fighting fire up new fans—and showcase 40 years of gains<p>When Serena Williams starts to play in the U.S. Open tennis tournament that begins on Monday, it will mark the finale of a summer of love for women’s sports.<p>It took off in July, when the …

Women's Sports

How to be mentally tough in your life: 4 lessons from sports psychologists

It was a sister act to remember at the US Open in New York.<p>Serena Williams — on a quest to win the world’s four biggest tennis tournaments in a calendar year — versus her big sister Venus in a match Tuesday night that tested the stamina and emotions for both.<p>In the end, Serena Williams won in front …

Novak Djokovic has a great perspective on overcoming adversity during matches

He most recently beat Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final in a beautiful display of power and grace on the court.<p>Despite Djokovic's age and athletic advantage over Federer, he faced one steep disadvantage at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday: the crowd.<p>Federer, a legend and constant crowd favorite, …

Mind games: sports psychology and international rugby

Sports psychology, says Irish back Luke Fitzgerald, is now one of the most important weapons in a Rugby World Cup player’s armoury<p>Before the past two decades, international rugby players gave little consideration to how best to prepare mentally for their big games.<p>Some would quietly contemplate …

Rugby Union

How Athletes Can Stay Positive After an Injury

Exercise is an outlet in many ways for athletes and weekend warriors. An injury can provide an obstacle to that outlet.<p>Injury can often derail even the most motivated workout warriors.<p>“An athlete identifies very strongly as an athlete, oftentimes predominantly so,” says Greg Chertok, a N.Y.-based …

Exercise

Understanding the Mental Game | by Adonal Foyle

T he first time I really wanted to understand the mental psyche of a professional athlete was when my coach was being choked by my teammate.<p>That was …

What Athletes See

Researchers studying the “quiet eye” technique argue that the visual trick is a key part of coordination.<p>Consider two very different basketball players. The Los Angeles Clippers star DeAndre Jordan, one of the strongest, quickest players in the NBA, nevertheless made only 39 percent of his free …

Scientists say this simple psychological shift can help you achieve your goals

Fortunately, you'll have plenty of opportunities to redeem yourself, even before January 1, 2017.<p>The key? Be on the lookout for days that seem like transition points.<p>In doing so, you'll be harnessing the power of what researchers call the "fresh-start effect." Whenever we feel like there's a chance …

Psychology

6 Signs Your Kid Should Quit a Sport

Playing sports is wildly beneficial for kids of all ages. It fosters physical, emotional, and social development and teaches teamwork, grit, goal …

Sports psychology: less thinking equals better results

Reducing mental clutter has a positive impact on physical performance, a recent study from Ulster University found.<p>Noel Brick, lecturer in sport and …

A psychology professor explains why self-esteem is failing us

To Kristin Neff, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, that's not surprising. Though self-esteem continues to reverberate as a pop-psych cure-all, the quest for inflated egos, in her view, is misguided and largely pointless.<p>There's nothing wrong with being confident, to answer Demi …

England to employ full-time sports psychologists at tournaments after Euro 2016 elimination

The England team will have dedicated full-time psychologists when they next travel to tournaments, rather than looser advisory support of the kind …

How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

Don, a senior vice president for sales at a global manufacturing company, wakes up late, scrambles to get showered and dressed, has an argument with his teenage daughter over breakfast, then gets stuck in traffic on the way to work and realizes he will be late for his first meeting.<p>Donna, a …

How Neuroscience is Revolutionizing Sports?

Football is known as one of the games determined by high-speed decision making. Everyone is born without a talent. This includes the world’s greats …

Neuroscience

Eight years ago, Tobin Heath, five months shy of her 20th birthday, was invited to her first U.S. Women’s national team training camp. Among the players Heath took the field with were Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, Aly Wagner, and Kristine Lilly, players years ahead of her in international experience. But she wasn’t nervous or tentative, […]

Tobin Heath is excited to make the most of her time with the USWNT as a veteran. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)<p>Eight years ago, …

North Carolina

Former USWNT star Lauren Holiday in recovery after surgery for brain tumor

Former U.S. women's national team star Lauren Holiday is in recovery after having surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.<p>Holiday underwent the …

New Orleans Pelicans

Cracking the surprising obstacles for sports women

by Claire Stewart<p>There's a nice symmetry in speaking with Moya Dodd while she sits in Jordan's Four Seasons hotel. It was there, almost five years …

Muslim Women

Why Women's Soccer Was Banned in Brazil — Until 1979

Before the penalty shoot-out that decided the semifinal of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Brazilians had grown …

After four seasons, detailed stats still don’t exist for the NWSL

Earlier this year, the WNBA announced it would start providing advanced statistics—numbers beyond the traditional box score categories of points, …

Women's Sports

How turmoil in US women's soccer could drive players to Europe

Disputes over pay mean that the NWSL is struggling to keep hold of top international talent<p>On the field, the US women’s soccer team has followed up a thrilling NWSL final with a couple of smashing debuts in friendlies against Switzerland. Off the field, the sport is bogged down in the courts and at …

NWSL

Megan Rapinoe continues to lend her voice to causes she believes in

Aside from her incredible skills on the soccer field, Megan Rapinoe is known for her activism and willingness to use her voice to help causes she …

Megan Rapinoe

USWNT veteran Ali Krieger traded to Orlando Pride

The Washington Spirit have dealt their captain in exchange for an improved slot in the NWSL's distribution ranking order.<p>The Orlando Pride acquired U.S. national team veteran Ali Krieger from the Washington Spirit on Wednesday.<p>A Northern Virginia native, Krieger has served as captain of the Spirit …

Orlando Pride

Canada’s Christine Sinclair up for FIFA player of the year award

Fresh from leading Canada to bronze at the Rio Olympics, Christine Sinclair is one of 10 players shortlisted for FIFA women's player of the year.<p>It marks the eighth such nomination of a long and distinguished career that has seen the 33-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., score 165 international goals, …

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