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Book review: Francesco Panetta – Io corro da solo

Io corro da solo

Francesco Panetta

Gemini Grafica Editrice, 2017

«Molti libri sono stati scritti intorno all’atletica e alla corsa e soprattutto al mondo della corsa lunga. Lo faccio anch’io, evitando però di dare consigli a chi ama la disciplina. Ho realizzato questa pubblicazione con un’impronta diversa. Racconto delle mie esperienze, iniziando da quando ragazzino correvo con i miei amici in Calabria: il primo paio di scarpe da “tennis”, la prima corsa, l’arrivo a Milano. In queste 150 pagine non ci sono né tempi, né allenamenti, ma storie: la Pro Patria, i sogni, le mie opinioni sull’atletica e, nel trentesimo anniversario del mio successo Mondiale nelle siepi a Roma, un lungo capitolo dedicato a quella che è stata la mia grande impresa, senza tralasciare l’Europeo vinto tre anni dopo a Spalato nella stessa distanza».

Riporto le caratteristiche psicologico di Panetta che emergono dall’intervista raccolta da Roberta Orsenigo.

Lottare ”Era una mia caratteristica. Per me significava esprimere la mia forza fisica e mentale, non certo per spaventare gli altri. Io salivo sul ring e stabilivo la mia legge”.

Avventura ”Correre contro un avversario è come praticare la pesca d’altura, tu non sai quanto è grosso il pesce che hai all’amo, ma nemmeno lui sa quanto grosso e cazzuto sei tu. Vince spesso il più astuto, non il più forte”.

Motivazione interiore ”Ho sempre corso per me stesso, un viaggio durato quasi vent’anni. E’ uno sport individuale, la mente non la spegni mai. Devi avere la presunzione di essere sempre il migliore, la convinzione di essere il più forte”.

Allenatore eccellente ”Giorgio Rondelli sapeva come correvano i miei avversari, era sempre in campo con me, mi motivava. Il tecnico non deve solo preparare le tabelle, ma deve essere una presenza costante nella vita di un atleta”.

Fisico e Testa ”Si diventa campioni con il fisico, la testa e grazie alle persone che ti consigliano. Il talento non basta. E’ come studiare sempre”.

Sfidarsi ”Ogni volta che stabilivo un personale, Rondelli mi faceva competere con i meno bravi. Mi diceva: solo quando riuscirai a tener a bada i più lenti, allora potrai confrontarti con i migliori. Allenarsi significa imparare a fare le cose che non sai fare”.

Passione ”Perché correvo? Correvo perché mi piaceva andare forte, migliorarmi. Se potessi tornare indietro, però, non vorrei ritrovarmi sul rettilineo della pista di Roma, ma in quel paesino finlandese dove ho passato ore ad allenarmi. Oppure a Nova Milanese, quando correvo dietro la bicicletta del mio allenatore”.

The emotion management during the Olympic Games

2018 Winter Olympics begin and many athletes to achieve their dream will find themselves in the position of having to provide the performance which is worth a life. The Olympic Games are the most important event for each athlete, it’s the competition that can change their sports career, much more than a world championship. it’s true for those who have already won and would like to repeat and for those athletes who are for the first time in the leading role. In fact, despite the doping scandals, winning a medal in the Olympics is still the dream of every athlete and for those who have a realistic chance of success is really all they don’t dared to think, for fear the desire  take place.

In these last days, the athletes have to handle their panic, they can swing by the peaks of confidence in their abilities, supported by the results obtained, with moments of sheer terror in which negative scenarios seem to take over. More rare that these emotions leaping those athletes who cannot aspire to the Olympic podium, who aspire to a good performance, which are already satisfied to compete during the world’s biggest sport event.

For others, those who compete for a medal, those at the top of the world ranking, the wait can be exhausting. They have to know how to handle this waiting phase, accepting this emotional background noise in all its shades, reducing the destructive emotions with constructive moods and thoughts. The race with themselves doesn’t begin just before the start moment, it has already begun in these days. Because the before determines the after, as you face the days immediately preceding determines how you will get to race day.

I often asked the athletes which the mental part of their warmup. For many consists to mentally repeat their performance or use key words, chosen by them, to reach a level of optimal emotional activation. This mental work determines a mixture of emotions, physical sensations and thoughts, used to be focused only on their performance. In this way, they lead themselves to the moments preceding the start, inside their mental bubble, totally caught up in what they’re doing; then they start and everything happens, or should happen, in a way apparently spontaneous.

Children have to practice more sports than one

… And who go to say  Sport Organizations why children should play multiple sports.

Free Book – Managing talent development and pressure in sport

Managing Talent Development and Pressure in Sport FreeBook

Book review: Coach Wooden and Me

“Coach Wooden and Me” is a stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a player, and then as a person, as they began to share their cultural, religious, and family values while facing some of life’s biggest obstacles. From his first day of practice, when the players were taught the importance of putting on their athletic socks properly, to gradually absorbing the sublime wisdom of Coach Wooden’s now famous “Pyramid of Success”; to learning to cope with the ugly racism that confronted black athletes during the turbulent Civil Rights era as well as losing loved ones, Abdul-Jabbar fondly recalls how Coach Wooden’s fatherly guidance not only paved the way for his unmatched professional success but also made possible a lifetime of personal fulfillment.
Full of intimate, never-before-published details and delivered with the warmth and erudition of a grateful student who has learned his lessons well, it’s at once a celebration of the unique philosophical outlook of college basketball’s most storied coach and a moving testament to the all-conquering power of friendship.

Teach to coach

After 25 years of collaboration and friendship we take a photo with Claudio Mantovani, scientific manager School of Sport, Italian Olympic Committee, and editor of the new book for coaches “Insegnare per allenare” (“Teach to coach”), published by SdS-Coni.

Review: Ai vostri posti: Il mondo, lo sport, le Olimpiadi. I campioni che hanno vinto e quelli che non ce l’hanno fatta

Ai vostri posti 

Il mondo, lo sport, le Olimpiadi. I campioni che hanno vinto e quelli che non ce l’hanno fatta

Valerio Piccioni, Gianni Bondini, Ivano Maiorella e Nicola Sbetti (Eds.)

Edizioni BookLab, 178 pagine a colori

The book can be requested at:

Ufficio stampa e comunicazione UISP, email: uisp@uisp.it  tel.+ 39 06 43984305.

This book, published in 2016 Olympic year, contains biographies of about 50 champions of sport and humanity, They played a role in the sport history while not necessarily won the gold medal.

The Olympic year is an opportunity to re-read the Games through the lens of the social value of sport. Starting with the stories of champions who have won despite not having arrived first, women who made off in a historically male chauvinist, athletes and world symbol of the long March of rights, equal opportunities, anti-racism. “Here are the Pipers of this story: they are often the winners is inevitable but can sometimes also be the losers –  writes in the opening of the book Valerio Piccioni, journalist – the readers have not to expect a single story, capable of saying anything at all. Rather, stories to discover or rediscover, that deserve to be told, helping us to understand the world.” The index of the book is very spread and divided into chapters evoking suggestions that they do read in one breath.

“War and peace” where we talk among more of the rivalry and friendship that did not like Hitler between American Owens and German Long, or the history of Zatopek between victories and Russian tanks, or that one of Black September and the Munich Olympics. “Losers or winners?” the Dorando Pietri’s story and the Games lost, to Ron Clarke, the Kenyan champion who was told he could never run. “Olympic challenges teachers of history” whenTito beats Stalin on a soccer field in 1952, the Hungarian war and water polo, the baseball match United States of America-Cuba at Olympic Games Atlanta.

These 13 chapters show how history, sport, society and culture constitute together an inseparable relationship. It’s a book for everyone, for those who love sports and want to understand its deeper meaning, beyond the current trends, but it is also a book for those who think that sport is a simple exercise, without understanding the value for the development of the human being. Finally, it’s a book where it’s showed that sport is an expression of the culture in which we are immersed and sometimes expressed, as in all forms of abuse which we know, the worst values of our society. For these reasons, sport needs to be defended, to spread its constructive role in the development of the culture where we live. “Ai vostri posti” provides precisely this contribution and the only regret is that it has not been found a wider diffusion as it deserves.

IJSP contents 2/2017

30 years ago Mental Training was published

30 years ago I published my first book of sports psychology. Mental Training illustrates a psychological preparation program organized at 8 weeks. As John Salmela wrote in 1992 in The World Sport Psychology Sourcebook: “Mental Training is an original initiative that resembles many of the North American applied sport psychology” how-to “books”. The book, in fact, is designed for athletes with the intention of providing tests for evaluation of some basic psychological skills and their competitive behavior and mental skills to teach about goal setting, relaxation, ideomotor training and concentration. This book is practical and useful to psychologists who want to approach the world of competitive sports, providing a system allowing to program the intervention through tasks and abilities to develop weekly. It’s a book that is based on my professional experiences carried out in previous years with club and national volleyball teams. In those years, it was already available a relatively broad scientific literature, showing the effectiveness of mental training for elite athletes. At this regards, Psychological Foundations of Sport edited by John Silva and Robert Weinberg (1984) can be considered the best psychology book of that period, a part of the book (5 chapters) was centered on issues related to stress management. So it was not difficult to find a scientific basis to the program that I had developed. In relation to the duration of 8 weeks, I decided to make this choice because Richard Suinn, who first introduced in 1971 in North American alpine skiing a program of competitive anxiety management through integration of relaxation with ideomotor training (which he called: visual-motor behavior rehearsal) based on 10 sessions, like a brief psychotherapy. I thought it was necessary for a longer period and I turned over a two-month. periodRisultati immagini per mental training alberto cei

Book review: Allenare nel calcio femminile

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