Episode 6: Dr John Kremer Talks Sport & Exercise Psychology

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John recently retired from Queen’s University, Belfast having lectured in applied psychology for over 30 years. He graduated with a PhD from Loughborough University in 1980 and has continued to maintain a lifelong interest and enthusiasm for sport ever since, including as a participant, academic and applied sport psychologist. He has been privileged to work with well over 50 sports to date, from international teams and athletes down to club level and including sports such as athletics, soccer, netball, gaelic football, hurling, squash, gymnastics, darts, cycling, bowls, sailing, motor sports, cricket, rugby, badminton, tennis, snooker, weight lifting and golf. Alongside his practical work, he has continued to maintain an academic profile. His numerous books include Pure Sport (Routledge, 2008; 2013), Sport Psychology: Contemporary Themes (Palgrave, 2006; 2012), Key Concepts in Sport Psychology, (Sage, 2012), Psychology in Sport (Taylor & Francis, 1994) and Young People’s Involvement in Sport (Routledge, 1997). He has also co-edited special issues of the Irish Journal of Psychology and The Psychologist devoted to sport and exercise psychology and continues to practice with a number of teams and elite athletes. 


Our fascinating discussion covered a wide variety of topics including:

  • Healthy body, healthy mind, when does dedication become obsession
  • Exercise, health and identity
  • Sex role stereotypes and exercise
  • Individual differences and the benefit of exercise
  • Exercise and stress reduction
  • The role of emotion and mental state during training and competing
  • The application of sport psychology principles to everyday life
  • What can we learn from team cohesion and dynamics in sport and the workplace
  • The effect of task cohesion and social cohesion on team efficacy and group think
  • The role of conflict in teams 

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