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Learning from the mistakes, we learn to learn

Risultati immagini per “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” ―Serena Williams

Arrigo Sacchi stressed another aspect of this concept, stating that to win you don’t have the problem of winning, otherwise you will never be an innovator.

The objective is therefore “to do things well”, to have a work culture. We all know that “only those who do not do, do not make mistakes”.

If we are aware of this simple truth: we will train our athletes, transferring the idea that making mistakes is a part of the physiology of the race and not something that you can avoid. Let’s train them with this idea and they will become better and more satisfied.

Challenge yourself

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”       William James

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Workshop: Performance Behavior in Elite Sports

Next 6 December at the Olympic Center Papendal (Netherlands), a wonderful session on “Performance Behavior in Elite Sports” will be organised by Team Netherlands in collaboration with TOPSport Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The program is addressed to psychologists and other experts working in elite sport, coaches, athletes, technical directors and sport managers and students. Check the link for registration and details:

With: Paul Wylleman, Maurits G. Hendriks, Chris Harwood, Alberto Cei, Suzan Blijlevens, Jolan Kegelaers, Eveline Folkerts, Hardy Menkehorst, Takeshi KUKIDOME, Thierry SOLER, Urban Johnson, Marc Hendriks, Maria Psychountaki, Petra Huybrechtse, Pieta Van Dishoeck, Nynke Klopstra, Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir, PhD, Anaëlle Malherbe, Tanja Kajtna, Sidonio Serpa, Sylvia Hoppenbrouwers, Eefje Raedts






Mental coaching: when the athletes speak another mother tongue

Psychological preparation with athletes and coaches usually takes place with people who speak the same mother tongue, because sharing the same cultural climate promotes relationship and change.

When I was involved in this consultancy activity in non-English speaking countries such as Cyprus, India, Malta, United Arab Emirates and Iran, I have been aware that English, even as a second language, still allowed for a constructive and equally effective dialogue with athletes.

I recently spent two weeks in China, in Beijing, working with the Chinese national shooting team. In this country, I hav had to cope in a different environment, having to work with an interpreter who, although an expert, limited the relationship with athletes and coaches and consequently I run the risk to reduce the effectiveness of the psychological preparation. As a result, the work done was essentially focused on practical experiences to be carried out collectively in the gym and individually on the shooting range.

In this way, the athletes were able to immediately apply in training psychological strategies and techniques to improve: (a) their ability to be focused in conditions of competitive stress and (b) how to refocus themselves after a mistake or unexpected events.

This experience has further confirmed to me that, even with our Italian athletes, we often spend too much time describing what they should do/think/feel rather than more pragmatically allow them to make experiences of change and optimization of their psychological resources through a specific training consisting of exercises. On the other hand, the athletes know these systems very well, since the physical preparation and technical training are based on the practice repeated over time with the desired intensity.

UK sport is recruiting sport psychologists

… ancora una volta lo sport UK mostra che assumere uno psicologo in una squadra olimpica è una cosa seria, richiede competenze specifiche, che solo uno psicologo dello sport ha sviluppato. Sono contro i ciarlatani dello sport, persone non qualificate che spesso lavorano nello sport con il nome di “motivatore” o “mental coach”  ma anche contro il lavoro affidato per clientele personali o familistiche così diffuse nel nostro paese.

Sport Psychologist/Senior Sport Psychologist

 Location: flexible

Salary: £26,266 – £36,988 p.a pro-rata

Contract Type: Permanent

Position Type: Part Time

Interview Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Closing Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Questo ruolo guiderà e realizzerà il programma di Psicologia e la strategia di salute mentale per la Boccia UK, fornendo un supporto efficace e mirato alla performance agli atleti e ai loro allenatori. Il supporto massimizzerà l’opportunità di successo ai Giochi Paralimpici, sostenendo gli atleti senior a sviluppare le capacità mentali per vincere a Tokyo. Lo psicologo favorirà lo sviluppo di un ambiente di allenamento e competizione ad alte prestazioni e promuoverà una salute mentale positiva, lavorando a stretto contatto con il Performance Director, Head of Performance Support and Performance Coaches.


  • Lavorare con il responsabile del supporto alla performance, lo psicologo capo e il personale della federazione per migliorare le prestazioni attraverso lo sviluppo, l’implementazione e la valutazione dei servizi di psicologia.
  • Fornire in modo proattivo agli atleti servizi psicologici focalizzati sulle prestazioni, che sviluppino e consolidino comportamenti coerenti in termini di prestazioni attraverso l’uso efficace del supporto psicologico.
  • Fornire servizi psicologici agli atleti per promuovere la salute mentale positiva, migliorare il benessere psicologico e sostenere il benessere degli atleti.
  • Sostenere gli allenatori allineando i servizi psicologici con i programmi di allenamento di questi atleti.
  • Utilizzare l’esperienza nel campo della psicologia per consigliare il Boccia UK Senior Leadership Team sullo sviluppo culturale di Boccia UK WCP.
  • Utilizzare l’esperienza nel campo della psicologia per consigliare il Performance Team sulla costruzione di relazioni di lavoro efficaci con atleti e allenatori.
  • Contribuire con competenze psicologiche a progetti di squadra multidisciplinari e sostenere il lavoro con gli allenatori, lo staff di supporto e gli atleti.
  • Garantire che l’erogazione del servizio di psicologia soddisfi efficacemente i suoi impegni nei confronti di atleti, allenatori e organi direttivi nazionali, compresi gli obiettivi di allenamento appropriati.
  • Mantenere un database completo e indicizzato del lavoro svolto con atleti e allenatori.
  • Partecipare, contribuire e fornire relazioni periodiche alle riunioni appropriate associate al programma e alle principali parti interessate, compresi altri colleghi dell’EIS e il personale dell’NGB.
  • Contribuire allo sviluppo delle conoscenze, all’aggregazione e alla condivisione all’interno dell’organizzazione per sostenere lo sviluppo di servizi psicologici di livello mondiale e del sistema di alta prestazione #CollectiveBrilliance.

Questa descrizione del lavoro non è da considerarsi esclusiva o esaustiva. E’ da intendersi come un’indicazione di massima delle aree di attività e sarà modificata alla luce delle mutevoli esigenze dell’organizzazione.


Successful coaching in 10 rules

The 10 rules for successful training

  1. Self-awareness - The purpose of training is the improvement and optimization of all the athletes’ skills and the development of awareness of what they can do, what they still need to improve and what they need to learn.
  2. Want to learn - The athlete lives in a continuous process of improving the performances and they must be fully aware of it.
  3. Recognizing opportunities - Training consists of a set of situations to be addressed and resolved with the full commitment.
  4. Commitment with consistency and accuracy – Motivation is based on these two aspects that are the basis of any activity in which the athletes are engaged.
  5. Wanting to take risks - Training is not an exact science and even the best trainings are based on the athletes willingness to take the risk of making mistakes.
  6. Tolerate difficulties - The athletes must be aware that every time they reaches a level of performance higher than the previous one, he detaches the ticket to face new difficulties.
  7. Accepting defeats - In sport, mistakes happen frequently and they must be accepted as unavoidable facts; for top athletes, they may be infrequent but are often decisive in preventing a winning performance.
  8. Give importance to time – To become expert it takes a long time and the athletes must be fully aware of this condition.
  9. Collaborate with coaches and staff - Recognizing the coach and staff leadership is a decisive factor for the athletes’ success.
  10. Analyzing one’s own performance - The athletes must know how to evaluate they performances with specific and precise criteria, without evaluating them only in terms of results.

Make mistakes is a part of the game

Losing is a part of the game in which athletes are involved. Everyone knows it, few people accept it. They close out in shame of not having been able to win a race, to avoid coldly assessing what they will have to do in the next race.

Losing is seen as a wound at ourself: “It means that despite training, I cannot do what I know to do. In this way, the athletes don’t develop self-confidence and this explanation of defeat continues to weigh in the next race. The mind is not free, it is not focused on the present but it is taken to see what will happen this time: “Will I be able to do what I know to do or will I fall back into the same mistakes?”

A vicious circle is established limiting the athletes and the performances, because this negative attitude does not allow them to stay focused on the task, waiting for the catastrophe that at some point will come.

Then the justifications: I was tired, I did not sleep well, I felt the burden of responsibility, everyone expects I perform at my best, “Yes, I could … But it’s difficult… in those moments I don’t react”.

There is a well-established mindset to find alibi for the negative performance and there is no humility in saying: “Ok, I’ve got this and that wrong. Well, next time I want to commit myself to finding solutions to these difficulties.”

Competitions are not a health walk. For athletes the races are extreme tests and those who are most able to deal with the difficulties that the extreme situation offers usually win.

We as sports psychologists can play an important role in determining this awareness and teaching positive ways of living these extreme situations. It is not a problem to make mistakes. It is a physiological fact, because the one who makes the least mistakes wins. Making mistakes is part of the race, even those who win make mistakes. They probably make fewer mistakes and are less influenced by their mistakes.

We chill do mistakes: only those who are presumptuous can think differently. We make one mistake and the next minute we think: “I’ll correct myself in this way.”

How many times do you have to do this? I don’t know, it depends on the duration of the race but one thing is certain:

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how quickly you get up.


32 and mum with the goal to break the barriers

‘I’m 32, I’m a mum and here I am breaking barriers’ says Fraser-Pryce after 100m win.

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Salazar, Nike coach, guilty of doping violations

Alberto Salazar, the famed Nike coach who guided Britain’s Sir Mo Farah to Olympic glory, has been found guilty of doping violations and banned for four years.

Watch this video an educational and informative investigative piece into the alleged doping in athletics.

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Athletes’ 10 more common mistakes

List of the most common mistakes made by athletes starting from their sentences.

  1. the technique solves any difficult situation
  2. I just have to train for many hours and if that’s not enough, I’ll add more hours
  3. it’s always important to do what the coach says
  4. I did everything I had to do to be ready, now let’s see how it goes
  5. the opponent was too strong
  6. I don’t believe that I continue to make the same mistakes
  7. after a while I lose my mind
  8. today wasn’t exactly a good day, I knew it would has been bad
  9. when I make a stupid mistake, I get mad at myself and I make another one.
  10. It was all right until then, but then it was a disaster.