Sportsmen and women could get the edge on their opponents by accepting more emotional support in their personal and professional lives.
A study by the University of Exeter, published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, shows the extent to which a sympathetic ear or regular words of encouragement can improve sports performance.
Previous studies by the University of Exeter have linked ‘social support’ to performance in golf and other sports. Now for the first time, researchers have tested the importance of social support by providing individually-tailored support to sportsmen and then measuring its impact on performance. (full article...)