It seems timely to revisit this topic, with recent media interest being reignited around concussion in sport. It's important to distinguish between the decisions made in the elite sports environment and those made with everyday sports people. The testing, information available and ongoing assessment mean in many elite sporting cases, assessments and decisions can be made a lot faster while still having the players best interests at heart.
Just consider her semi-final against Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open. But rather than slipping into despair, she saved two match points before winning the next five games. Somehow, each serve and each return landed just where she wanted them to — and she would ultimately go on to win the whole tournament.
Who Runs? Psychological characteristics of athletes play a key role in sport performance and may moderate and mediate the influence of technical, tactical, and physical abilities athletes show. This paper is aimed at describing the psychological profiles of two cycling sports: triathlon and road cycling.
Background: Identification of genetic markers is one of the priority trends to perform in athletes for evaluation of their efficacy. Previous studies have revealed that CK-MM may be used as a valuable marker to reflect the magnitude of skeletal muscle destruction in response to exercise. Objectives: In this study we analyzed the frequency of rsCK-MM polymorphism in karatekas to find whether there is a difference among professional, amateur athletes and non- karatekas.
The number of amateur competitive athletes is increasing every year in every single endurance sport. In the last decade alone this increase has been in the millions in the US. Many amateur athletes dream of becoming professional athletes someday.
Any individual striving for performance could be considered an athlete, but the term describes a broad spectrum of abilities — from an Olympic gold medallist right down to the swimmer looking to take on their first open water swim. Any athlete looking to perform at their best will take into consideration everything from training and technique to recovery and fuelling. But how you approach these factors will depend on where you are placed on the athletic spectrum.
With Andy Murray clinching victory in the Wimbledon final, the England cricket team winning the Ashes, Chris Froome becoming the second British winner of the Tour de France and Christine Ohuruogu scooping gold in the m at the World Athletics Championships, it's been another great summer of British sporting success. Of course, physical prowess and natural sporting ability are essential ingredients for elite athletes, but here we consider which personality traits might make the difference between the good and the great in the sporting world. Elite athletes tend to have lower scores on anxiety scales than average performers, making them more resilient, emotionally stable, and better at remaining calm in stressful situations. Where amateur sportsmen and women may buckle under the pressure of competition, those at the top of their game are able to use their emotional stability to their advantage to stay cool, calm and collected in those crucial moments.
Agility is considered one of the most important determinants of soccer performance. Adult and youth players with a high agility profile are more prone to perform better during high-speed repetitive actions and to make decisions quickly during crucial moments throughout the game Reilly, ; Trecroci et al. The model of agility consists of two main components representing perceptual and decision-making factors, and change of direction speed.
Intense competition, a life on the road and grueling practice might take some of the fun out of enjoying a sport from an amateur standpoint. Although amateur and professional athletes have a few things in common, such as some shared skills and passion for their sport, the primary differences lies in the fact that for professionals, performance within a sport can make or break their careers. Getting paid is the litmus test of professional versus amateur athletes. Not all pro athletes are millionaires, however.