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leather_footballCan the pressure of perfectionism put on young elite footballers lead to a form of burnout?
What is burnout? Are there psychological aspects to it, or does the multidimensional side of things make it very difficult to tie down?
For anyone involved in youth soccer there are aspects of this interview with Dr Andrew Hill, Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Leeds, which make for uncomfortable reading.

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leather_footballThe November issue of Journal of Sports Sciences is a special issue devoted to the topic of identifying and developing elite soccer players. The emphasis is very much on the science underpinning talent identification and development in soccer. Several sports science discipline areas are represented with specific papers focusing on anthropology, pedagogy, physiology, psychology, sociology and coaching science. There is an in-depth look at the multidimensional nature of talent development.
This journal can be accessed in the following ways:
Hamilton Campus Library holds hard copies of Journal of Sports Sciences from 2004 to the present.
SPORTDiscus has full-text on-line coverage from 1996 – 2011.
Taylor and Francis has full-text on-line coverage from 1996 to the present.

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The on-line journal, Science Omega, has an interview with Professor Ellis Cashmore about his recent research into the attitude of fans towards homosexual footballers.
The study, which has been published in The British Journal of Sociology (BJS), used an anonymous online survey to gauge the views of 3,500 football supporters, and represents the first empirical investigation of homophobia across fan culture.
The article (Fans, homophobia and masculinities in
association football: evidence of a more
inclusive environment) is available free online through the library’s SFX system. To access the article from off-campus you will need your Athens Account.

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Science Omega Newsletter has an interview with Professor Jirí Dvorák, FIFA Chief Medical Officer, about how he and his colleagues are working to improve the health of players and of the general public. The interview touches on the work of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre (F-MARC) and ‘The FIFA 11+’ programme.

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The Away End is a Scottish football magazine that is run in partnership with the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree at the University of the West of Scotland, the only degree of its kind in Scotland. The magazine is always on the lookout for more budding writers, so why not look in, get a feeling of what they are all about and contribute. Whether it is the SPL, women’s football, Highland League football, the youth set-up, or anything else to do with the beautiful game, The Away End has something to offer.

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Sexism in football?

For a short period, the BBC documentary, Sexism in football?, will be available through their iPlayer. Gabby Logan highlights the discrimination and abuse that prevent women in football from doing their jobs. We hear from influential women working across the men’s game just how entrenched some of the sexist views are. Just how bad is it?

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Science of soccer online describes itself as a site, “dedicated to translating cutting edge research into practical applications for the coach and player. A bridge between the laboratory research and performance on the pitch”. Articles summarising recently published articles or current issues are added to the site on a regular basis. There is also a very interesting article in the current issue of “International journal of sports science and coaching”, which uses the soccer site to demonstrate how social media can enhance the communicating of sport science research.
Williams, Jay H. (2011) Use of social media to communicate sport science research. “International journal of sports science and coaching”. Vol. 6(2), pp295-300.
This article can be accessed via the printed copy at Hamilton Campus, or in a few weeks via SPORTDiscus.

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