Psychology / sports psychology

Musings on the spirit of sports

You may jokingly refer to your badminton racquet as a secret ‘weapon’ or ‘sword.’  But beneath the humour is respect and appreciation for the extraordinary feats that individuals can achieve if they possess enough determination and resilience. The language of sports is rich in idioms, allusions and metaphors and it speaks of our inner yearning … Continue reading

What’s your sports personality?
Badminton coaching / Psychology / sports psychology

What’s your sports personality?

Sports can reveal a lot about somebody’s personality. Famous tennis coach Vic Braden came up with a way to analyse the “brain types” of his players, based loosely on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He identified that Roger Federer is an “NT,” an Intuitive Thinker. This enabled him to tailor his coaching style to suit the type who likes solutions, … Continue reading

Winners and losers in a tournament
sports psychology / Tournaments

Winners and losers in a tournament

  What makes a good tournament? Organisational management has a big impact on the final outcome. Consistent rules and scoring system, as well as fair play, are important in determining who wins the trophy.   There have been weekly badminton competitions in Sydney over the last month, hosted by different organisers for different purposes. They’re … Continue reading

The line between gamesmanship and cheating
sports psychology / Tournaments

The line between gamesmanship and cheating

Competition in sports often involves deception, manoeuvring and exploiting an opponent’s weaknesses. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the desire to win drives players to use whatever means possible. It’s perhaps understandable that pressure and a win-at-all-costs mentality motivates competitors to use gamesmanship tactics.   What is gamesmanship? Gamesmanship can be broadly defined as “the practice of winning games without actually violating rules“. Gamesmanship includes practices used in a … Continue reading