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A growing demand for sport psychologists

A growing demand for sport psychologists

With the issues of mental health, violence and activism in sports on the rise, more athletes and teams are seeking the expertise of sport psychologists

By Kirsten Weir the article of American Psychological Association


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Physical activity, age, physiological functions

Stephen D. R. Harridge and Norman R. Lazarus, Physiology, 32: 152–161, 2017.

At the anatomical level, muscle loss in older people is associated with atrophy of fast-contracting, type II muscle fibers. Indeed, it has been suggested that type II fiber atrophy might completely explain the loss of muscle bulk in later life. However, a prevailing view is that skeletal muscle loss also relates to a loss of muscle fibers secondary to a loss of motor units. Partial re-innervation of abandoned fibers is believed to occur, resulting in an increased size of remaining motor units, with knock-on effects for fine motor control. This hypothesis is supported with histological evidence of fiber-type grouping and through electromyo- graphic estimates of motor unit number.

Whereas evidence of streaming of Z line and rod formation, and angulated fibers further point to dysregulation of skeletal muscle in later life (81). Studies of mas- ter athletes paint a very different picture (as illustrated in FIGURE 3), which once more challenges the assertion that these changes can be explained by an inherent aging process and are inevitable consequences of getting older.

Figure 3. MRIs taken across the mid region of the thigh. Images taken across the mid region of the thigh, showing a sarcopenic muscle (middle) from a sedentary individual with reduced contractile mass, more subcutaneous fat, and infiltration of fat and connective tissue. By contrast, the muscles of a similarly aged master triathlete (bottom) shows little difference to that of a younger athlete (top).

Walk, run and think right

Armando Spataro, state’s attorney in Turin, will retire in a few weeks. Spataro is also a runner and marathoner and  Lawyers Association of Turin decided to greet him in a thoroughly unpredictable and so far ever made.In fact they organized in his honor, the “Walk, run and think right”, the first sport event inside a palace of justice. On 21 December at 14 pm, judges, journalists, lawyers, personal, and obviously law enforcement agencies will walk or run inside the palace of justice. Even the award is quite unusual.

The winners of category will have 9 minutes to greet him, the latest one minute. Finally in order to subscribe: “each category or team must deposit before December 20″ four folders “, one containing the greeting to the state’s attorney, and three on “the justice I wants.”

When we want sport and civil rights go hand in hand!

Risultati immagini per cammina corri e pensa diritto

A common bias: the warmup is useful to avoid the injuries

There’s a lot of confusion among athletes in relation to the warmup function.

For some is practiced to avoid getting hurt.

For others it’s something to do well just before the races, but during the training they do not do ever in that way.

For almost everyone it’s a rather boring phase in which to prepare to start very well the competition.

It is often regarded like a school homework and it’s performed without conviction and with a reduced mental effort.

For example, almost no guy gets exhaling during the stretching. Let us remember that the first determines the later. Then bad stretching corresponds to a limited elongation and reduced muscle distension, with all the negative consequences coming if this kind of execution is repeated over time.

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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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.