Quale psicologo per il mondo dello sport?

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Which psychologist for the world of sport?

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The research presented originates from the Research Unit in Psychology, Sport and Society of the Catholic University of Milan. In the last few years, two important areas of research related to each other have developed in the area from which the present work started: the theme of professional identity and emerging professionalism (Kaneklin, Gozzoli, 2011), and in particular the theme of professionalism of the psychologist in the current Italian context (Bosio, 2004,2011). The experiences and contacts developed with professionals working as psychologists in the sports context have aroused the interest to approach the specific study of this professionalism, understood as professionalism in development in Italy. In literature there is more and more talk about mental aspects of sporting practice, from which technical and tactical preparation cannot be ignored, and there are numerous studies that focus on the various psychological variables involved (attention, stress, emotions, etc.). On the other hand, information on the professional profile of professionals working in these sectors is more meager. With the aim of outlining the characteristics of this professional figure, at the same time grasping elements of effort and resource, a qualitative research device was set up which involved 30 Italian psychologists working in different sports contexts. From the analysis of the material emerges the emergence of professional profiles that have specialized in a post-graduate phase following different paths, which have made the passion for sport (often practiced) the main motivational lever for starting one's own profession and which currently they carry out their work in different areas: from the social to the clinician, from training to research. Professionals who are required, with flexibility and cultivating transversal skills, to move in a varied and poorly defined working context in a network work perspective. Alongside the positive elements such as the strong passion for one's work and the possibility of building oneself “ad hoc” work paths, however, there are also the labors of a profession that boasts poor professional recognition in a context of work that is still young and evolving. The research provides interesting insights with respect to a professionalism still being defined, capturing new social and organizational questions in various ways.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Which psychologist for the world of sport?
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationGuida alla psicologia dello sport
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • psicologo
  • sport


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