Sports Psychology

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Pain is a multi dimensional experience and has a sensory, emotional, cognitive component. Pain management approaches that address all these three factors are likely to be more successful and popular. The World Health Organization estimates that 22% of people experience some form of pain (Gureje et al 1998).


Therefore the athlete will use a series of psychological methods and imagery to overcome the initial pain. The two most common approaches are disassociation, which is to think of something else, something better and nicer to reach the completion of the goal. The other is to associate with the pain, to come one with it and to overcome it. The associative approach is the most aggressive and the thesis of this practical will argue the most effective for a professional athlete.
The union of soul and body is no chastisement of the soul but a salutary bond through which the human soul will reach its full perfection. This is not a theory forged expressly for the particular case of the soul. Rather, it is the case which is necessarily governed according to metaphysical principles, and their scope is universal. The less perfect is ordered toward the more perfect as toward its end; it is for it; not against it' Each creature exists for its own act and its own perfection'. Individuals exist for the perfection of the universe' The reason for the existence of a determined substance or determined mode of existence is never to be found in an evil but in a good (Gilson, 1957, 190).
This analysis of the human, as represented by Aquinas, as argued by Gilson portrays a notion of a higher purpose for each individual. ...
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