29 January 2020

Special Announcement

To tie in with the response level under the "Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance" being raised to Emergency Response Level and avoid people from gathering, the Hong Kong Sports Institute will temporarily suspend all the Community Sports Programme until further notice. Refund will be arranged for those people who enrolled in Batch 120 and A20WJ. Please visit our website for the latest information about the Community Sports Programme.

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Psychological Intervention on Pacing Strategy

By Dr. Si Gangyan

Pacing strategy was defined as a kind of regulation of distribution of power output during exercise under the limits of physiological system which enabling an athlete performs optimally. Noakes, Gibson et al. (2006) proposed a hypothesis that the brain creates and controls pacing strategy. We further hypothesized that a changed cognitive belief on fatigue and the conscious effort (with mental skills) could affect pacing strategy, and then positively influence the sport performance. Cognitive belief mainly includes behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs and control beliefs; meanwhile, the mental skills used for conscious effort were categorized as associative and dissociative skills. Actually, the psychological intervention is a kind of training on cognitive beliefs and mental skill.

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