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Enhancing Athletic Performance

May 22, 2018

This post is to share some information about the field of sport psychology. Accordingly, if you want to hire a professional to help you improve your mental game, you will know how to choose the best professionals. 

Sport Consultants, Mental Performance Consultants, or Mental Trainers are the professionals with a Master’s degree or Ph.D. with an emphasis in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Those professionals teach specific skills to enhance athletic performance. Some of them have a background in Physical Education or Kinesiology, and those folks can help you to improve the quality of your training. The professionals who have a background in counseling can help you to deal with other issues that also affect athletic performance such as relationship problems with coaches, teammates, sports organization, and family members. Some athletes have trouble adapting from high school sports to college sports, and the professionals who are also counselors are the best option.

The Sport Psychologist is a licensed psychologist who has specialization in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. The sport psychologist can help the athlete in the same areas as the professionals with a background in counseling, but they also can help athletes who are facing other issues such as an extreme low mood, low self-esteem, and lack of energy to practice the sport once loved; or too much anxiety and fear.

Here is a link to find more information about the professionals’ specialization.

http://www.apa.org/action/science/performance/index.aspx

The Colosseum and the History of Modern Sport

May 24, 2018

After the bodyboarding competitions in Europe last year, I visited Rome-Italy. I love history, and I traveled to historic cities in Europe before, but Rome and the lives of gladiators are today telling us how the past influenced modern sport.

Rome ruins and human history were underground for centuries and most of what we know today was discovered in less than 100 years. The Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) and the Stadium of Domitian (today museum) are must-see places if you love the history of sport.

The lives of gladiators make the link from the past to today. Some gladiators were volunteers; others were war slaves who could regain their freedom after fighting for five years. The school of gladiators bought the fighters as soccer teams buy players today. The games were paid for a sponsor seeking popularity. And there were some famous gladiators from different schools. Gladiators did not die in combat as seen on the Hollywood movie “Gladiator”; they were too expensive to train and replace.

The gladiators’ chance of survival was around 90%, and if they were injured, they had the best medical care in Rome. The doctors who worked with gladiators were pioneers in the development of fractures treatment, and they also had an opium-based anesthetics for operations. If a gladiator died, the family received compensation. Also, they had a type of union to pay for the funeral.

In a single battle, the gladiators’ prize money was equivalent to the annual salary of a Roman soldier. After two victories, a gladiator could afford to live in a better place inside the gladiator school.

Even more interesting was the political aspect of using entertainments (the fights in the Colosseum) to manipulate the people and gain popularity, but I think it still happens in South America and the sport now is soccer.

In summary, as the excavations continue in Rome, more about our history (the Latin or Romance people) is discovered. If you speak some of the languages historically Latin such as Italian, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and French, maybe some of your ancestors were part of the Roman Empire.


References

BBC Video (Producer). (2005). Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story [DVD]

Coletta, G., Mensa, O., Spadoni, F. & Gismondi, A. (2007). Rome reconstructed. Roma Rome, (Italy: Archelibri s.r.l.)