Monthly Archive for May, 2017

Totti’s farewell to the fans

Totti’s farewell to the fans: «his strength has been to show their fragility»

The sport psychologist Alberto Cei: «Now Francesco must seek a way to make peace with himself, to fill those voids that inevitably he will have»

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Are you willing to make mistakes?

At any age you can choose to change

You can always start over

as long as you are willing to make mistakes.

Francesco Totti

10 questions to understand the psychological component of sports.

10 questions to understand the psychological component of sports.

  1. Understand the mental side of warm-up.
  2. The way to be in the pre-race or pre-workout optimal condition.
  3. The way to use the mental rehearsal before an exercise.
  4. The mental aspects of physical preparation.
  5. Be aware the athlete is doing the training just to execute the coach’s instruction.
  6. Recognize the athelete’s mental intensity in training and competition.
  7. To know the attentional demands of the various sports.
  8. Be able to react immediately to an error in a constructive way.
  9. Use the breaks in training and competition to retrieve not only physically but also mentally.
  10. Optimize the situational awareness.

Optimist or pessimist?

The optimist accepts stressful events

learning something from these situations


the pessimist does not address situations that may be a source of stress

and shows a reduced awareness of the problems

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The Italian job: football winning coach

20 years ago Marcello Lippi, Fabio Capello e Giovanni Trapattoni won the football championship in Italy (Juventus), Spain (Real Madrid) and Germany (Bayern di Monaco). This year the winning triplete is for di Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern di Monaco).

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Master athletes in track and field

The phenomenon related to adult and aged people’s practice is more and more increasing, specially in long distance running, but also in the various  track disciplines. A study was carried out on track and field masters, taking part at the Italian Master Championships with the aim of studying motivation, using the self-determination theory, pointing out relations between the psychological dimensions, the different age categories and the characteristics of sport career. Another goal was aimed at identifying a series of information on their sport career, such as the “sport life” and the kind of activity during their practice.

The data about the characteristics of the practice are the following:

  • 55% has been track and field young athlete, while the 40% has practiced athletics
  • 47% started this sport less than two years ago, 27,5% since 2/3 years and 15% since more that 15 years
  • 82,5% practice all the year, while 12,5% only sometimes
  • 46,3% train 3/4 times per week, while 28,8% more often
  • 51,3% train alone, while 35,3% in group and 7,5% both
  • 80% train in a track field
  • 42,5% is without a coach, while 51,3% with a coach
  • 60% don’t train in also in the gym, while 35% in a gym too

(Carbonaro, Cei, Ruscello and Quagliarotti, Atletica Studi, 2016, 3/4, 28-40)

What excellence is


10% Talent & 90% Perspiration

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Just to remind those who have forgotten for a moment

Walking, gender differences across adult life

Review of a study on the gender differences across adult life by T. Pollard and J. Wagnild

Walking is associated with better mental and physical health and reduced mortality and, when used for transport, with reduced air and noise pollution. In contrast to other forms of physical activity, walking has the advantage of being accessible to most people. For these reasons, promotion of walking has become more prominent in public health campaigns .

The aim of this systematic review is to assess the current evidence on gender differences in walking in high income countries. We hypothesised that there are gender differences in participation in walking for leisure, for transport, and in total walking. We also set out to examine whether gender differences change across the life-course.


  • More women than men walk for leisure when all age groups are considered together, although the effect size is small.
  • At younger ages more women walk for leisure than men but that this gender difference diminishes progressively with age, with evidence that it reverses in the oldest age groups so that more older men than older women walk for leisure.
  • Walking for exercise found that more women walked than men, except in the oldest age group (60+), in which more men walked than women.
  • Data on walking for fun or pleasure found that more women walked for fun than men.
  • There is no evidence for a consistent gender difference in participation in walking for transport.
  • There was no evidence for a gender difference in the prevalence of walking for any purpose in studies including all ages from the USA. Data reported by age group suggest that at younger ages more women walk than men, but at older ages the gender difference is very small.
  • Walking for leisure is an activity that women can undertake with children and it is possible that child-care plays a role in the relatively high levels of walking for leisure in younger women.
  • Young men’s relatively high levels of participation in sports and exercise decline with age, as reported for the UK and the USA, and it is possible that men adopt walking for leisure as a replacement for more vigorous activities as they get older.
  • In the oldest age groups, the proportion of men walking for leisure declines, but the proportion of women walking for leisure declines more. This pattern may reflect differences in ability to walk in older age. A British study found that “mobility limitation” rises faster with age in women than in men, probably because of higher levels of morbidity in older women than in older men, including musculoskeletal problems.

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