A University of Wolverhampton sports professor is
researching the psychological state of runners as part of a
high-profile new project.
Professor Andy Lane is leading the sports research for a new
research programme, Emotional Regulation of Others and
Self (EROS) and is seeking keen runners who would be willing to
Funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council,
worth £2.1 million over four years, EROS will see a team of
researchers examining different types of psychology covering areas
such as work, social and sports. The project is being run with
Runners World running
magazine who are helping recruit runners through their website.
Participants will need to provide information about their
running behaviour and complete questions relating to their feelings
when they run.
They will be asked to complete a run and given a set of
instructions on how to use a particular mental strategy. Each
participant will benefit from personalised feedback.
Professor Lane said: “There are two key objectives. The first is
to establish how mental strategies can help sports performance and
the second is to find out which is the most effective strategy. One
of the strategies we are offering is listening to music and have
teamed up with audiofuel, a company
that writes music to run to.
“Research that helps understand emotion regulation and how to
change it has clear social and economic value and could enhance
well-being and performance.”
Professor Lane is one of the country’s leading sports
psychologists, whose research includes the mental aspects of
preparing for marathon running and the stress for footballers
He will be collaborating with colleagues from contributing
disciplines at other institutions.
EROS will look at how environments and people shape moods and
emotions, with a view to using their finds to make recommendations
such as how coaches can get the best out of athletes.
Anyone who would like to participate in the study can find out
more from a link of the homepage of www.runnersworld.co.uk or
go to the
Participants must register before November 6.
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