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Psychopandemic: which are the solutions

Beyond the widespread evidence, there are now numerous surveys that show us the data of the so-called psychopandemic, with a generalized increase of mental problems in the population of all ages. Here are the main points of the issue taken from David Lazzari, President of the Italian Register of Psychologists.

  • WHO already before the pandemic had highlighted that 17 million Italians suffered from psychological disorders, more than one in four Italians and in half of the cases these problems arise around the age of 14 years (Kastel 2019).
  • The highest incidence is in at-risk groups such as people returning from intensive care, those affected by Covid, the physically ill who could not be treated for fear of contagion or limitations in access, people who have lost a relative in special situations, “caregivers” who assist patents or people with diseases or disabilities, people with greater or previous psychological fragility, health workers in burnout.
  • Independent surveys carried out in various countries have converged in saying that one person in three today would need psychological listening and support, also to avoid the development of more serious and costly disorders.
  • In a recent survey conducted by the Study Center of the Italian Register of Psychologists, 47% of parents with children 3-14 years old report emotional problems, and 62% of children report negative psychological states.
  • Among adolescents, 6 out of 10 say they feel stressed and one out of three would like psychological support (Unicef 20.11.20).
  • 7 out of 10 people in these cases prefer psychological help to medication (McHugh 2013). There is evidence of greater and longer effectiveness of psychotherapy for most of these situations (Huhn et al. 2014, Cuijpers et al. 2014, Lazzari 2020).
  • Psychological interventions have a restructuring action because they promote people’s resources and prevent from relapse. We are talking about important differences that are appreciated especially in the medium and long term (Harryotaki et al. 2014, Zhang et al. 2018).
  • A fact confirmed by economic cost-benefit analyses, which tell us that 5 years after treatment, psychotherapy saves 1481 euros per person in health and 2058 euros to society compared to drugs, proving to be economically more advantageous in 75% of cases (Rossi et al. 2019).
  • All this without counting the possible side effects of widespread drug abuse.
  • Unfortunately, the problem is structural: it is the system that feeds this situation, because while drugs are reimbursed by the SSN or free (some categories) and easily available, psychological treatments are not only not reimbursable but are rare commodities in the public. With a psychologist and psychotherapist for every 12,000 inhabitants in the Italian NHS, access to these therapies in the public is for very few and in the private sector there are now fewer who can afford treatment.
  • Psychology and psychotherapy are still designed for those who can pay for them.

The gym of the ideas of the paralympic sport

Il Comitato Italiano Paralimpico ha realizzato un progetto denominato “La palestra delle idee”.  

Obiettivi: proseguire il percorso avviato con il Festival della Cultura Paralimpica, rappresentare lo sport paralimpico come

  • elemento di crescita culturale e sociale del Paese
  • strumento di riscatto personale e di inclusione delle persone disabili
  • sistema per provare a cambiare la percezione della disabilità nella nostra società

L’idea alla base del progetto è quella di dare vita a un confronto sui temi legati allo sport paralimpico, attraverso il coinvolgimento di personaggi del mondo della cultura e di testimonial del nostro mondo sportivo.

Tra le finalità c’è anche quella di incentivare la formazione a distanza di studenti, strumento quantomai utile per garantire il proseguimento della formazione culturale degli alunni in un periodo noto per le restrizioni causate dalla pandemia di Covid 19.  Per tale ragione tutti gli appuntamenti saranno visibili in diretta dal sito ufficiale e tramite i canali social del Comitato Italiano Paralimpico, rimanendo a disposizione di quanti vorranno rivedere gli incontri successivamente.

Di seguito riportiamo i link per partecipare agli incontri:





Questo progetto fa parte del percorso di avvicinamento alle Paralimpiadi di Tokyo 2021, il più importante appuntamento del quadriennio per il movimento paralimpico nazionale e internazionale.  Si intende così offrire l’occasione per far conoscere, in modo più approfondito possibile, l’importanza di un movimento che oltre a promuovere lo sport per tutti si fa portatore del principio del pieno riconoscimento dei diritti civili per tutte le persone con disabilità.

I prossimi appuntamenti in programma si svolgeranno nelle seguenti date:

  • Venerdì 20 novembre alle ore 17.30. Lo scrittore Giacomo Mazzariol e l’atleta paralimpica FISDIR Nicole Orlando parleranno di persone con sindrome di Down;
  • Venerdì 27 novembre alle ore 10 ci confronteremo con la travel blogger Giulia Lamarca e con il campione paralimpico di sci nautico non vedente Daniele Cassioli sul viaggio senza barriere;
  • Venerdì 4 dicembre alle ore 10 le campionesse della nazionale italiana di sitting volley (la pallavolo praticata da seduti)

The coaching process

Think about this idea.

The training is:

Feeling comfortable in an uncomfortable situation

The hare and the tortoise story

Don’t win the best. Win who is tough and respect the opponent.

Risultati immagini per Esopo story hare tortoise

Basic mental skills

The basic mental skills can be learned at any age and they are independent from the motor and sport skill level.

Relevance of multi-sport practice for young athletes

In 2015, Urban Meyer, Ohio State University head football coach, wrote a chart about the recruiting preferences. It showed that the coach overwhelmingly recruited multi-sport athlete.

“Last month, USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, published an article on its website titled “Saving the Multi-Sport Athlete from Extinction.” In it, Darren Fenster, current manager of a Boston Red Sox affiliate, encourages student-athletes to wait as long as possible to specialize in a sport.

These recent pronouncements go against the popular current practice of having student-athletes focus on one sport at a young age. The idea is that specializing provides young student-athletes with early successes and access to elite clubs and top coaches, which could better position them for college scholarships.

So, why are so many outlets coming out in favor of student-athletes competing in multiple sports? As more and more research is published, it’s becoming clearer that being a two-or-more sport student-athlete is beneficial in terms of both skill development and overall health.”

(From UsaToday)


Children with ASD and soccer

The sport revolution: the Games of the future

When a leisure activity is practiced, for fun, for recreation but also professionally, by one third of the world’s population is also possible that it becomes part of the largest worldwide event: the Olympic Games. A study promoted by Razer, computer and accessories for electronic game company, people who at least once a month or one hour per week playing video games are 2.1 billion, equivalent to 29% of the Earth’s population. It emerges the 71% of the millenians, young 12-35 year old, are players and they have the advantage of having their whole life ahead to continue to develop this interest. In addition, the number of viewers of video games and eSports is currently about 360 millions and it’s expected to double by 2021.

If we look at these considerations paying attention to economic interests that led to this kind of diffusion, it seems pretty obvious why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened to eSports, defining them as ” sport activity ” in all respects: ” The competitive eSports can be considered a sport, and the players involved are preparing and training with an intensity that can be compared to traditional sports athletes.” It is equally clear that, in this field, the interests of the companies that drive the success of their products have been linked over the years to the affirmation of a sport concept in contemporary society, in which the human being can be competitive in those activities, eSports, in which prevails the mental component at the expense of physical and motor component. Indeed,  eSports respond at this need while maintaining the competitive component, the loneliness of sport champs, who reach the success through a total dedication to this work.

On the other hand, since long time the traditional sports are in crisis, not only at the high level too much conditioned by doping and drug abuses but even at youth level. Increasingly needs economic investment that many families cannot afford and the pressure on the young in term of competitiveness, exploitation of their physique and commitment not appropriate for their age. These reasons are among the main causes of the adolescents drop-out.

In addition, the use of computers has greatly changed our way of living as well as sport, through the use of new technologies to assess the performance and build training programs. In summary, we are experiencing a radical change in the sport concept, in which the exasperation of competitiveness has changed the culture of sports organizations, pushing many young out from sports.

With the latter decision of the IOC we entered in a new phase, in which the use of new technological systems becomes its-self a sport activity officially recognized and regulated. It represents a way to regain back at sports the millenian, as the main beneficiaries of eSports, allowing the IOC to reconquer them to Olympic family.

Soccer and autism: it starts a new season

It starts the third season of the project “Football Together”, devoted to children, 6-12 years old, with intellectual disabilities who want to play football with AS Roma and Accademia di Calcio Integrato.