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Istat report: the Italian and sports

  • 20 milioni gli italiani che praticano attività sportiva.
  • 23 milioni i sedentari, soprattutto anziani.
  • Fra i praticanti, il 24,4% lo fa in modo assiduo e il 9,8% saltuariamente.
  • La mancanza di tempo è la “scusa” più usata da chi non frequenta piscine o palestre, ma ci sono anche motivi di salute o di scarso interesse fra le varie giustificazioni da utilizzare.
  • Il 26,5% delle persone che preferisce fare movimento attraverso lunghe passeggiate a piedi o in bicicletta.
  • Tra gli uomini il 29,5% fa sport con continuità e l’11,7% di tanto in tanto.
  • Per le donne le percentuali sono più basse, rispettivamente 19,6% e 8,1%.
  • La pratica sportiva continuativa cresce nel tempo per entrambi i generi e in tutte le età: dal 15,9% del 1995 al 22,4% nel 2010 fino al 24,5% nel 2015.

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  • Lo sport è soprattutto dei ragazzi di 11-14 anni (70,3%, di cui il 61% in modo continuativo e il 9,3% in modo saltuario)
  • I praticanti sono di più nel Nord-est (40,4%), seguono Nord-ovest (39,5%), Centro (35,3%), Sud e Isole (26,2%).
  • Pratica sport il 51,4% dei laureati, il 36,8% dei diplomati, il 21,2% di chi ha un diploma di scuola media inferiore e solo il 7,3% di chi ha conseguito la licenza elementare o non ha titoli di studio.
  • Gli sport: ginnastica, aerobica, fitness e cultura fisica (25,2% degli sportivi, pari a 5 milioni 97 mila persone) sono le discipline più scelte, seguite da calcio (23%, 4 milioni 642 mila persone) e sport acquatici (21,1%, 4 milioni 265 mila persone).
  • I sedentari oltre 23 milioni (39,1% della popolazione), aumentano con l’eta’ fino ad arrivare a quasi la meta’ della popolazione di 65 anni e piu’.

Dad uses brilliant technique to allow his blind son to enjoy football match

Dad uses brilliant technique to allow his blind son to enjoy football match.

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IJSP contents 1/2017

Epilepsy and sports

Epilepsy and sports is still a relation not well investigated and especially little practiced. This is because many people continue to believe that sports can be a stress that trigger seizures. Research has shown that this probability is smaller in relation to physical activity than it is on normal daily activities. The question is not about whether playing sports, it regards what are the recommended sports and ones to avoid and how to obtain the medical certification at least to practice non-competitive sports. Also, it needs to remember that a forced sedentary lifestyle causes other problems, typical in those who don’t practice sports as cardio-circulatory problems, type-2  diabetes, breast and colon cancer as well as psychopathological disorders (depression and anxiety). The epilepsy day world should be a time of reflection and proposals on these issues, which will be tackled effectively not individually but only with collaborative networks among the families of these patients, the healthcare system, sports clubs and psychologists and medical experts.

World ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments has been published few days ago. It is the first attempt to rank a group of institutions & units with the same subject focus. Since the publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects in 2009, ShanghaiRanking has been constantly seeking ways to expand the subjects been covered. In June 2016, ShanghaiRanking produced rankings of universities in 7 engineering subjects in order to provide insights into universities’ academic competences in more subject areas.

The world’s sport industry is undergoing enormous growth. Using China as an example, based on Nielsen’s latest data, China aims to create an $813 billion sport industry by 2025 and Chinese companies and wealthy individuals are encouraged to invest heavily in sports events, teams, facilities, agencies and sponsorships, inside and outside the country. Sport Science schools equip students with knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this fast-growing industry, and also to create scholarly knowledge to support and inspire this industry. ShanghaiRanking choose to start its ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

A great amount of work is devoted to identify academic units, such as university, schools, faculties, and departments, which engage significantly in Sport Science research. A total of 110,000 unit addresses were examined and hundreds of websites searched to form the final list of 361 universities or about 400 sport-related units that actively engage in research. The top 300 universities are published in this ranking based on the measurement of publication, citation, citations per publication, top 25% journals publications, and internationally collaborated publications.

European universities dominate this year’s ranking list. There are 144 European institutions on the top 300 list. More than half of these units are from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany with 45 units, 16 units, and 15 units respectively. Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is the highest ranked unit in Europe and is ranked second in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016.

103 institutions are from Americas. 64 of these units are from the United States and the country has the strongest presence in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016 than other countries. Also strongly performed, 25 institutions from Canada and 14 from Brazil are listed in the ranking this year.

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences from Australia took the first place in the ranking. 51 institutions are from Asia and Oceania and more than 90% of these institutions are from Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand. New Zealand universities have outstanding performance as 6 out of 8 public universities from the country are presented in the ranking and AUT University’s School of Sport and Recreation is ranked in the top 30.

Two institutions are from Africa. University of Cape Town’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is ranked 48th.

Conference: Sport rules and goals

In Italy only the 33% of persons practice sports

Since 10 years the number of persons practicing sports in Italy is not growing and continues to be among the lowest in Europe. It is not just an economic issue due to the crisis, there is no adequate sports and the movement culture

Persons 3 years old and more practicing sports, some physical activities & sedentary persons in Italian Regions ersone sedentarie Year 2015 (percentages)
di cui in modo: Praticano
solo qualche
attività fisica
Non praticano
sport né
attività fisica
continuativo saltuario
Piemonte 35,8 24,7 11,2 33,8 30,0
Valle d’Aosta/Vallée d’Aoste 45,0 31,5 13,5 30,0 24,5
Liguria 32,7 24,1 8,6 30,8 36,2
Lombardia 40,7 28,5 12,2 27,2 31,4
Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 50,9 34,0 16,9 35,4 13,5
Bolzano/Bozen 56,6 36,2 20,4 32,1 10,8
Trento 45,4 31,9 13,5 38,6 16,0
Veneto 40,3 27,9 12,4 32,6 27,0
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 38,5 28,1 10,4 31,6 29,8
Emilia-Romagna 36,0 25,7 10,3 31,7 31,9
Toscana 34,9 25,0 9,9 31,1 33,6
Umbria 31,6 23,0 8,6 28,0 40,0
Marche 35,6 26,5 9,1 27,6 36,4
Lazio 34,8 27,3 7,5 20,6 43,9
Abruzzo 31,7 21,8 9,9 25,7 42,5
Molise 25,4 19,2 6,2 19,0 55,1
Campania 19,5 13,0 6,5 23,1 57,2
Puglia 27,4 19,4 8,0 21,2 51,1
Basilicata 23,9 18,2 5,7 24,0 51,7
Calabria 24,5 17,9 6,6 18,4 56,7
Sicilia 24,4 18,0 6,4 17,5 57,3
Sardegna 34,0 24,6 9,4 29,3 36,3
Nord-ovest 38,6 27,0 11,6 29,4 31,5
Nord-est 39,4 27,7 11,8 32,4 28,0
Centro 34,7 26,2 8,5 25,3 39,5
Centro-Nord 37,7 27,0 10,7 29,0 32,9
Mezzogiorno 24,9 17,7 7,2 21,5 53,2
Italia 33,3 23,8 9,5 26,5 39,9
Source: Istat, Indagine multiscopo sulle famiglie “Aspetti della vita quotidiana”

Sport psychology 50 years since the 1° International Congress

Interesting and very usful article by Fabio Lucidi titled  ”From Rome 1965 to Rome 2015: Sport psychology fifty years since the first International Congress”, Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XLII, 3, 2015, 381-394.


The first International Congress of Sport Psychology took place on April the 20th, 1965, in the Auditorium of the Italian Olympic Committee in Rome. The Congress, marking the beginning of Modern Era of this scientific field, was organized by a small group of pioneers, led by the Italian psychiatrist Ferruccio Antonelli. Exactly fifty years after, this historical occasion has been celebrated in the very same place of the Italian Olympic Committee Centre, in Rome, during the «International Society of Sport Psychology» 50th Anniversary’ Seminar. This recurrence represents the occasion to reflect on the past, and on the way in which the political and social facts have influenced the development of this scientific field and on the future, namely on the opportunities that it may reserve for sport psychologists.