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50° Anniversary International Journal of Sport Psychology

On the occasion of the

50th anniversary of the International Journal of Sport Psychology – 1970-2020

this first special issue is dedicated to the past development of sport psychology.

Guest Editors: Sidonio Serpa, Fabio Lucidi, Alberto Cei

For the second time in its history, the IJSP decided to mark its anniversary. Two special issues celebrate the 50 years of the journal, this being the first one, in a look at the History of sport psychology, while the second mostly looks into the future, identifying some new trends of research, as well as the reorientation of some classic topics according to the Society changes.

The purpose of the current issue is double. On one hand, to preserve the memory of the path taken by sport psychology so far, as well as paying tribute to those who contributed to its development. On the other hand, by reflecting on the History, to understand better the present situation and, thus, working more efficiently for the future applied and scientific developments.

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Survey: adolescents and school

National survey: Educational Poverty in Children and Youth in Italy

Economic poverty is often caused by educational poverty. The two feed off each other and are passed on from generation to generation.

In Italy, the most affected group by poverty is children. In 2005, 3.9% of minors under the age of 18 lived in absolute poverty and that number currently triples and exceeds 12%. In today’s Italy, the younger a person is, the more likely is to experience absolute poverty.

Educational poverty, on the other hand, prevents too many boys, girls, and young people from having equal “opportunities” for growth, by lacking access to child services, education, training courses, culture, musical education and art, sports, meeting places, and health care. Fighting against educational poverty, therefore, becomes a fundamental action for the development of the country. A real change is possible only by guaranteeing all minors equal access to quality education. To achieve this, there should be a common link between the local educational institutions, primarily between schools and families, but also between educational institutions and organisations from the third sector. By and large, it is a process that involves all those who are part of the “educational community”, including the children themselves, who from being recipients of services become protagonists in their own future.

Sedentarity is growing

Seeing people playing sports these days can give the illusion that the percentage of those choosing a physically active lifestyle has increased. Unfortunately, that’s a mistake

Research conducted by Sport England found that overall activity levels have dropped dramatically for both adults and children.

In the UK, where far more sport is played than in Italy, 40% are so sedentary that they are risking their long-term health. About 25% are almost completely inactive, meaning they exercise for less than 30 minutes a week. For children, the situation is even worse; nearly 80% are not active for at least one hour a day.

In non-Covid times, sedentariness results in one in every six deaths, about 100,000 per year and about 5 million globally. If a 20-year-old lives between an office chair and a couch, it could be several decades before associated ailments such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or cancer occur.

New ebook: the pandemic in sport

The year 2020 is gone and it will be remembered as the worst year of the last 75 years, for having involved the entire world in a crisis, initially a health crisis, which became a planetary pandemic that has disrupted the lives of every person, causing millions of victims, destroying a significant part of the world economy and radically changing the way we work and interact with others. I am a psychologist and I deal with sport and the well-being of those who practice it, whether they are champions and professionals or individuals who carry out this activity as a lifestyle. The pandemic has forced us to stay home, physical distancing and eliminate sports activity as we knew it. Managing movement and sporting activity has become a source of additional stress that has produced negative psychological effects on people who even engage in recreational activity, among athletes who play sports professionally, and people with disabilities who benefit so obviously from engaging in sports on an ongoing basis.

Starting from these considerations, I began to talk about this situation on my blog, in order to better understand the effects of the pandemic on people and to provide guidance on how to practice sports, respecting the rules to cope with and reduce the possibility of contagion. The book represents a journey that started at the beginning of March, which has led me to talk about this issue until now that we are approaching the beginning of the new year. It talks about the mindset of those who don’t follow the rules, how one can deal with the anxiety brought about by this radical change in daily life, how one can train while staying at home and the reasons why it is good to be active and not suffer this situation. In addition, guidance is given to coaches on how not to give up their leadership role and to athletes on how to train in the absence of competition. Finally, I present practical tips and ways to think about and experience this unique and totally unexpected time.

It’s time to promote the athletes’ and coaches’ mental health

The NGO of Athletic in UK are working with Believe Perform to create new online resources for athletes, coaches and parents around mental health and performance.

Great news!



Book review: Lo sport domani

Flavio Tranquillo

Lo sport domani

Costruire una nuova cultura

Add Editore  p.137,  2020

Questo libro parla di quale sia la cultura dello sport dominante nel nostro paese e soprattutto ne mette in luce le criticità che derivano non tanto da limiti organizzativi ma piuttosto dal modo di pensare lo sport. Forse la sintesi più recente di questo tipo di mindset si è evidenziata nel Rapporto per il rilancio “Italia 2020-2022- del gruppo coordinato da Vittorio Colao, nel quale Tranquillo evidenzia che non è mai nominata la parola sport. Ci vorrebbe una discontinuità politico-istituzionale, una rigenerazione complessiva continua l’Autore, che metta in luce come il binomio Sport-Cultura non sia nel nostro paese così accettato e tantomeno promosso.

Il filo conduttore del libro è centrato intorno a questa idea e viene svolta una critica costruttiva e precisa sullo sport concepito solo secondo parametri economici e del conseguimento della vittoria. Se questa è l’impostazione, Tranquillo ci ricorda che nel calcio l’1% dei tesserati (1.000.000) è un giocatore professionista (12.000). Quindi, se ciò che conta è solo il parametro economico, un atleta può rappresentare un esempio positivo per i giovani? In altre parole si ritorna sempre alla stessa domanda in che modo il calcio, come ogni altro sport, può produrre valore sociale e qual è il ruolo delle star dello sport?

Il libro pone altre questioni irrisolte come quello del finto dilettanstimo, degli atleti che a fine a carriera si trovano senza educazione e risparmi e nessuno aiuto predisposto dalle loro organizzazioni sportive. Per non parlare delle nostre scuole superiori che non sono come quelle americane in cui si può praticare sport all’interno delle stesse strutture  scolastiche. E’ un libro di denuncia dell’appiattimento dello sport italiano su strategie solo pensate per la realizzazione di obiettivi a breve termine ma priva di una visione strategica orientata nel tempo.

In conclusione, Tranquillo citando Piero Calamandrei e David Hollander propone che una via di uscita consista nel considerare lo sport come una metafora della vita e che solo con questo approccio sarà possibile sviluppare una cultura dello sport propositiva nei confronti dei valori base espressi dalla nostra società.

Breathing coaching

These are the topics of my workshop titled:
Development of psychological skills in high potential athletes: 
breathing as a key tool to build mental skills programs
Online European Conference Psychology of Elite Sports Performance - November 21-22, 2020, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Self-control
  • The breathing: a long story
  • Breathing and human basic motivation
  • Breathing during the competitions
  • Breathing and cognitive processes
  • How to improve self-control through breathing
  • The breathing into the training programs
  • The practice

Tennis mental training






If all is subjective, we lost the values

Interview at Giuseppe De Rita on

So what? Where do these violent and widespread behaviors come from? They are the result of a collective culture, to which the bourgeoisie is certainly no stranger, which enhances the competitive part of each of us. They are the children of a great wave of subjectivism that, if it is not governed by ethics, comes to produce this reality. We have taught our children that it is necessary to emerge, to excel, there are those who can do it by going to train at Bocconi, doing internships in companies of name. And who, instead, tries to emerge in his community with what he has: martial arts, muscles, the big voice, what it takes to overcome others. Nothing new: those who have less culture express themselves in this way, they rely on physicality to appear, to emerge”.

In short, a desolating anthropological desert.Subjectivity is the real evil of these last 50 years. If everything becomes subjective, subjective is also ethics and the search for freedom from everything and at all costs. This is how it is among young people who fight or rape to emerge as in the world of economics: if we recognize that personal subjectivity wins over everything, then it is easy to understand how to get to Colleferro”.

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