Author: Alberto Cei

The interview to Jan Vesely shows the main relevance to have a mindset growth oriented instead to have fixed mindset. He said: “It’s just concentration. The first year was with Maccabi; it was tough, but it was 3-0. After that I was injured against Real Madrid, so the team changed the mentality to play without one of the important players and they put even more than the maximum in those playoffs and beat Real Madrid. Last year playing Panathinaikos on the road the first two games and having the pressure to win the EuroLeague and play the Final Four in…

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In basketball the free throw is a technical fundamental showing the leading role of the players’ mind. At first glance, the free throw seems easy to do: its execution is always at the same distance from the basket, the players are not moving and have the time to prepare the shot following their personal rhythm without any direct physical contact from the opponents. At the contrary, the statistics published by EuroLeague Basketball show a different scenario. In the current season, in all games only 8.5% of the players made the 90% of free throws, 35% made the 80%, 32% the…

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In basketball the cohesion is a need to achieve the team primary goal: cope with the opponents with confidence and grit. The internal rivalries, if not limited to few episodes are wasted energies and keep the players engaged in activities with a disruptive impact on training and match. The team must always think in terms of US and the coach should encourage the participation of players, listen them, treat everyone with the same criteria and avoid favoritism, support altruistic behaviors and reduce the individualistic behaviors. Magic Earvin Johnson’s story is an example of how even a champion have to move…

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2018 Winter Olympics begin and many athletes to achieve their dream will find themselves in the position of having to provide the performance which is worth a life. The Olympic Games are the most important event for each athlete, it’s the competition that can change their sports career, much more than a world championship. it’s true for those who have already won and would like to repeat and for those athletes who are for the first time in the leading role. In fact, despite the doping scandals, winning a medal in the Olympics is still the dream of every athlete and…

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Today the role of the coach is more and more relevant and in the relationship with athletes, their credibility is based on psychological dimensions where interpersonal communication plays a vital role and concern: Stable aspects of the character – it refers to dimensions such as honesty and to show direct and clear communication with athletes without manipulating them. They are people proud to be part of that team. Competence – They are individual professionally competent, geared to continuous improvement and innovators. They accept their limits and mistakes. They know that admit them is an index of strength and not weakness.…

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The primary limitation of Gian Piero Ventura, the ex Italian football manager, was failing to build a cohesive team and provide a shared leadership. The Italian ex president of the football federation said: “we go to do something of extraordinary and make the history.” To reach this goal, it’s necessary to build a motivational climate where every player should feel strictly linked to the others from an amalgam of will, toughness, commitment, courage and humility. This attitude comes before any tactics, because it enhances the human value of each, that in a team based on this habit, it is much…

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The problem with Higuain is that in this last period he did not score any goals and the question who certainly he’s asking himself regards how to get out of this situation. Expressed in this way, the question seems easy: what to do to take more efficient shots. If he was a machine the problem would be easy to solve, since it would be simply a question to change some parameters (speed, accuracy, timing, type of shot) to get the desired result. Being a human player there are instead many aspects to cope with: the player, team and environmental expectations, to…

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Lead the men – “Football for me is a human science, above all else.” The coach is a global leader – “A coach has to be everything: a tactical, motivator, leader, methodologist, psychologist.” “A teacher at the university told me ‘a coach who knows only football is not a top level. Every coach knows football, the difference lies in other areas.’ He was a teacher of philosophy. I got the message.” Football is global – “I do not do physical work. I defend the globalization of work. I do not know where it starts the physical part and ends the psychological and tactical side.”…

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The psychological skills the athletes must show in competition and in training are often difficult to list, because the risk is to do a very long and too generic list. Nevertheless, today I would like to try to identify, from my point of view, the skills that can represent milestones in the athletes’ sport careers. Self-control – it means knowing what are the behaviors to put in place to address the competition requests. The self-control requires respect for opponents; at the same time the athletes must be the leader of themselves, to overcome the difficulties posed by the races and opponents with…

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