Neil J V Weston

Neil J V Weston
University of Portsmouth · Department of Sport and Exercise Science

PhD

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Introduction
I joined the University in Oct 2001 & am currently the Associate Dean (Academic) responsible for assuring the quality & standards of the academic provision within the Science Faculty. I'm also a Principal Lecturer in sport psychology in the Department of Sport & Exercise Science teaching sport psychology topic areas at undergraduate & postgraduate levels. In terms of external accreditations, I'm a BPS Chartered & HCPC Accredited Sport & Exercise Psychologist & a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
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October 2001 - present
University of Portsmouth
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  • Principal Lecturer

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Publications (26)
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Given the scarcity of psychological research examining female participation in boxing, the present study sought to provide a bottom-up perspective of female amateur boxers’ experiences of, first, the challenges of competing as a female amateur boxer, and second, the strategies employed to overcome these challenges. Additionally, this study aimed to...
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Using a single-subject multiple-baseline design, the study examined the efficacy of a flow training program on flow states and performance of four elite level rock-climbers. Having received the intervention that comprised education, goal-setting, self-talk, and mindfulness stages, flow intensity, as measured by the Flow State Scale (FFS-2) increase...
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Butler and Hardy's (1992) performance profile has received considerable support and use within applied settings since its inception 20 years ago. Developed as a natural application of Kelly's (1955) personal construct theory, the autonomy supportive assessment tool has been proposed to benefit its athlete consumers in a variety of ways, including i...
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The present research examined athlete perceptions of the usefulness and impacts of producing individual performance profiles within a group setting. In study 1, eight randomly chosen rugby union players who had participated in a performance profiling session were interviewed to gain their perceptions of the strategy. The interview content analysis...
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The study examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and coaching efficacy. Ninety-nine coaches completed the Emotional Intelligence Scale and the Coaching Efficacy Scale with the results of the canonical correlation suggesting significant relationships between the two sets of variables. Regression analyses suggested motivation effica...
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Despite the apparent widespread use of Butler and Hardy's (1992) performance profiling procedure (Doyle & Parfitt, 1999), there is limited research detailing the benefits that can accrue from its use. Hence, the present investigation sought to provide an evaluation of sport psychologists' perceptions of the usefulness and impacts of performance pro...
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The aim of the present study was to supplement previous work that identified the stressors experienced by coaches and examine the coping strategies that elite-level coaches employ to overcome stressors. Three elite coaches were interviewed and were required to identify three prominent stressors that they had experienced before discussing how they a...
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The aim of this study was to examine the impact of coach physical characteristics (build and clothing) on the impressions formed of them by male and female athletes and non-athletes. A total of ninety seven participants viewed four photographs that depicted different combinations of build and clothing (lean build and sport clothing, lean build and...
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The present study examined how elite female gymnasts developed their mental toughness. Following semistructured interviews with 10 elite performers, inductive content analysis revealed four general dimensions that contributed to the development of their mental toughness. These included the sport process, sporting personnel, nonsporting personnel, a...
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The present study sought to examine the various stressors faced, and associated coping strategies employed, by five single-handed sailors entered into the 2006/2007 Velux 5 Oceans round-the-world race. Interviews conducted with the skippers were transcribed and then deductively and inductively content analyzed. Skippers revealed organizational (e.g...
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Unlabelled: Music and video are utilised by recreational gym users to enhance their exercise experience. Music and video have not been investigated for their combined ergogenic effect during high intensity exercise. To induce fatigue, this study was performed in warm (~26°C), moist conditions (~50%RH). Six, non-acclimated, male participants took p...
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This study investigated the factorial validity of the 33-item self-rated Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS: Schutte et al., 1998) for use with athletes. In stage 1, content validity of the EIS was assessed by a panel of experts (n = 9). Items were evaluated in terms of whether they assessed EI related to oneself and EI focused on others. Content va...
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The study investigated the variation in psychological skills usage between game location and performers’ experience levels. A total of 25 collegiate soccer players retrospectively completed the Test of Performance Strategies (TOPS) that examines activation, relaxation, imagery, goal setting, self‐talk, automaticity, emotional control, and negative...
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We examined the varying performance and organizational stressors experienced by coaches who operate with elite athletes. Following interviews with eleven coaches, content analysis of the data revealed coaches to experience comparable numbers of performance and organizational stressors. Performance stressors were divided between their own performanc...
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The current study examined whether, where, when, and for what purposes coaches use psychological skills. A total of 13 elite-level coaches completed a structured interview using open-ended questions to examine their use of self-talk, imagery, relaxation, and goal-setting skills. Data were analyzed via deductive content analysis and indicated self-t...
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ObjectivesThe purpose of this study was to examine the sources of stress and associated coping strategies as reported by professional cricket batters.MethodsNine male professional cricket batters completed a semi-structured interview to examine their stress sources and associated coping strategies. A combination of inductive and deductive content a...
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The present study investigated relationships between mood, performance goals, and both written and oral examination performance. Fifty-seven undergraduate students completed a mood measure that assessed the subscales of anger, calmness, confusion, depression, fatigue, happiness, tension and vigor, indicated the grade set as a goal for the examinati...
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The present study examined the effects of a soccer, midfielder-specific psychological skills intervention comprising relaxation, imagery and self-talk on position-specific performance measures. Using a multiple-baseline-across-individuals design, five participants had three per-formance subcomponents assessed across nine competitive matches. The re...
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The study investigated relationships between game location, performers' experience, and mood states. 31 experienced collegiate soccer players completed the Brunel Mood Scale to assess anger, calmness, confusion, depression, fatigue, happiness, tension, and vigor before eight competitive games (four home and four away). Participants were categorized...

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