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Italian Football Association open its doors to the sport psychologists

Waiting that the role of sport psychologist is required again among the requested criteria to become in Italy Elite Football School, the youth and school department of the Italian Football Association has nevertheless made a significant step forward in the recognition of this professional. It has decided and informed the football schools that the choice of the psychologist to use in the clubs will take place only among those who attended a master’s degree in sport psychology. Therefore, from next year it will not be enough to be graduated in psychology  but it will need to have a title proving to have this specific training in sport psychology. The recognition of the specificity of this professional field is important because as with the doctor there are specific skills that the psychologists ignore and instead are needed to work with the young children and adolescents and there are clinical or psychotherapeutic skills to be used by the psychologists must be adequate to the sport context in which they will work.

The issues of the high level shooters

Today I am at a shooting international competition in Todi (Italy) and athletes of different nationalities, from Iran to Great Britain have asked me about their difficulties face in the race, here are a few:

  • What should I do first when for a while I forget what I have to do?
  • What do I do to remove the panic that sometimes comes over me?
  • What I have to do not think of breaking the target and be focused only on my performance?
  • Which are the skills of clay shooting champions?
  • How do I know I am ready before to start?
  • I have not always the same time to shoot, what I have to do to be more consistent?
  • After a mistake I get too nervous, how can I control myself better?

These questions highlight how the difficulties of international level athletes are specific and require that the sport psychologist has specific knowledge of this sport. As psychologists, we must not only provide global responses based on the idea that we must improve the confidence of these athletes, as these questions are asked by athletes who are the best in their country and are used to compete, but this in itself does not eliminate these difficulty.

What do you think?

The integration of the sport psychologist in a football school: 10 rules to follow

Working with children and young people introducing them to the world of football requires the involvement of several professionals committed to create the proper environment for the sport and psychological growth of young football players.  Sometimes this job becomes difficult if it’s not handled with clarity and respect for the role of each expert. The key word in these actions is integration. During these years, I have learned, that the sport psychologist who is working with a football school must follow 10 basic rules to integrate himself into the staff including coaches, managers and parents.

  • Know the context
  • Joining the staff
  • Start from the demands
  • Knowing the language (technical terms, jargon, examples)
  • Help in the enhancement of existing roles
  • Use specific psychological tools
  • Producing visible results
  • Working with mediation
  • Escaping from the stereotype of Mental Health Care
  • Get on the field

The sports psychologist should not be just a phantom written only in the federal documents, but an expert integrated in the football team, so that the club could actually take an add value from thes kills  he/she can lead.

(by Daniela Sepio)

The sport psychologist in young football

In our country the Italian Football Federation is the only sport federation that makes mandatory the presence of a sport psychologist for clubs wishing to reach the title of qualified football school. Sport psychologist in football school speaks in support of different professional roles. He deals  with psychological problems with methods and specific tools. The final objective pursued by the sport psychologist is to create a common language among all,  that will help all to go in the same direction, building an environment which offers the best sport experiences. The sport psychologist works with the athletes to encourage them as individual, encouraging cohesion, working on motivation. She works with the technical staff to improve their collaboration, to promote effective communication, child development, group dynamics, relationship management. He speaks with the parents  about the relevance of  supporting educational values and the fun.

The great relevance of social and sports impact of youth football in Italy and the space for the sport psychologist is made even more clear by its numbers

  • Clubs of youth and: 2.916
  • Young players: 619. 510
  • Coaches enabled FIGC: 61.114

(Source: FIGC- data on 30 June 2010)

(by Daniela Sepio)

The sport psychologist role in the national team

It was held at the Sports School of Italian Olympic Committee a workshop about the role of different professionals, who work in the national team before and during major sport events. In relation to the role of the sport psychologist I have highlighted what are the main activities to be carried out:

  • The essential psychological preparation has been carried out previously
  • Do not introduce new strategies and procedures, but to help athletes to follow their habits
  • The psychologist should not be obsessed with “doing”
  • Provide 24 hours of service and availability to advise in any environment
  • The sport psychologist must be prepared to the uniqueness of the Olympic Games
  • Follow the program prepared earlier
  • Being responsive and effective
  • Promote the use of routine and daily plans
  • Help athletes stay focused on the competition without being distracted from the atmosphere of the Olympic village
  • Helping athletes and coaches not to put too much emphasis on race
  • Helping the team to create a positive atmosphere and facilitating effective solutions
  • Being psychologically prepared to support the coaches
  • Develop strategies for the management of interpersonal relationships
  • Check and manage the interpersonal communication between staff members: free time management, relations with the head of team delegation and federal managers, media management

Beyond the traditional PST training

On the fourth day of “International Sport Psychology Week” at INSEPin Paris, David Tod talked about how the psychological consulting work with athletes now goes beyond the traditional teaching relaxation techniques, visualization, self-talk and so on but it must include an approach even more specific. This approach involves an extension of the sports psychologist skills to address the changes that have occurred today in lifestyles, in the growing complexity of the sporting career and the needs of high-level athletes. Then request the psychologist greater expertise  to understand the needs of  his/her clients, to show more and more competences in interpersonal communication and to understand the performer not only in relation to the needs of the sporting life but also in relation to the global life.

Scuole calcio e psicologo dello sport

Ci sono anche le buone notizie per gli psicologi dello sport. Una Scuola Calcio del Milan di Frascati ha inserito per la prima volta nel suo depliant che: “Lo staff dirigenziale di rilievo è supportato da uno Psicologo dello Sport” e con sottolineaando il concetto che il calcio è un gioco, riporta anche il decalogo della Carta dei diritti dei bambini e dei ragazzi allo sport, in cui al primo posto vi è “il diritto di divertirsi.” Mi sembra un ottimo esempio di come si possa pubblicamente proporre un approccio in cui si evidenzia il ruolo dello sviluppo psicologico e non solo quello dell’apprendimento tecnico. E’ certo che vi saranno in Italia altri esempi altrettanto positivi, intanto di questo si sa oggi. Perchè va ricordato che gli psicologi troppo spesso tendono a non fare conoscere e condividere le esperienze professionalmente positive in cui sono coinvolti. Vedi: http://www.lupafrascatiscuolacalcio.it/organigramma.asp