Is Sport a Religion?

Performance Psychology

Psychologists are closing in on the conclusion that sport has many of the same effects on spectators as religion does [Barber, 2012].

Daniel Wann [2001], a leading sport psychologist at Murray State University, and his co-authors said:

„The similarities between sport fandom and organized religion are striking. Consider the vocabulary associated with both: faith, devotion, worship, ritual, dedication, sacrifice, commitment, spirit, prayer, suffering, festival, and celebration.”

It may seem odd, to equate religion with sport entertainment but it must be understood that prior to mass communications, religious ceremonies were a source of entertainment for ordinary people who rarely attended a theater or traveled to a sporting event. Sports and religion may get categorized separately but their intersection is difficult to miss.

As Wann and collaborators note, various scholars discuss sport in terms of „natural religion,” „humanistic religion,” and „primitive polytheism” pointing out that „spectators worship other human beings, their achievements…

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Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

Performance Psychology

             Martial arts are a set of practices that work based on a logical organization of their techniques and tactics.   The Boxing Sparring Partner Jobs include different disciplines that although for many it is an aggressive sport, the mma has its health benefits, both physical and mental.

Among them we can find, weight reduction, muscle strengthening, balance control, coordination, and flexibility, among others. If you are thinking about practicing any of these martial arts or you are just curious, these are some benefits you could have with the practice.

It helps you to live peacefully

Believe it or not, unlike what many people perceive, practicing martial arts at boxing gym near is having a life away from conflicts and fights. Those who practice martial arts become those who bring peace everywhere, never the conflict and fights.

Develop and strengthen the discipline


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Talent Isn’t Enough. This is Why Some Athlete’s are actually the Best!

Performance Psychology

I’ve talked with a lot of people, and what I found out was a surprise. I’ve asked non athletic people is they think that “ Is talent enough in sport, or you need something else? ”.

A huge number of non athletic people said that “talent it is enough”. Yes! You need to have natural abilities for something so special, like performance to ocure in any sport. But, that’s not all you need.

Athletes are people with extraordinary abilities, constantly trained and not so easy to form. Also we need to understand that the fundamental factors of sports performance are involving multiple areas, like : heredity, morphological characteristics, abilities, experience during childhood, previous sports experiences, competency and training, interest and motivation, also important are family culture and friendship. And is not to be ignored the coach’s conduct, the compatibility of the relationship between coach and the athlete.

It may appear that natural abilities and…

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Creatine: Not Just for Muscle

Performance Psychology

If you’re involved in sports that require speed, power, and strength, then you’ve likely come across creatine before.

The supplement gained prominence in the early 1990s as a method of enhancing strength, and since then research has continued to explore its use as a sports performance aid.

Beyond muscle, creatine is a supplement that can optimize performance across many different realms. 

In this article, I’ll give an overview of the research underpinning creatine’s use as a training aid, but also focus on some of the more novel findings regarding creatine. This includes its use as an agent to prevent disuse atrophy in injured athletes, as a cognitive enhancer, and as a potentially important agent in the recovery from concussion.

Given these important new findings, we can no longer just consider creatine from the perspective of muscle, but instead view it as a supplement that can optimize performance across a number…

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What Are Your Dreams?

Performance Psychology

Research has steadily proved that positive thinking results in positive outcomes. And, nothing feels more fulfilling than achieving a life-long dream of becoming whatever athlete you desire. “A person with great dreams can achieve great things,” wrote sport psychologist Bob Rotella. Your belief about yourself dictates the direction you are willing to go.

Dreams inspire greatness. Dreams allow a clear vision of what it take to achieve success. A person with a dream has a direction in his or her life. A person with a dream knows what it’ll take to be successful. A person with a dream knows the road ahead is difficult, but he or she is undeterred by it. Your dream will determine the level of commitment.

Dreams are powerful motivators. William James, nineteenth century philosopher and psychologist, said that “people by and large become what they think about themselves.” Unfortunately, many people have difficulty defining their…

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