Luisa Fernanda Yagüez: “Sport is medicine”

Lthe protagonist of this week in the section ‘Athletics to the Rescue’ that he directs Lorenzo Albadalejo placeholder image In ‘The Last Runner’, she was the psychologist Luisa Fernanda Yagüez. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent psychology, with a degree in Psychology from the Santo Tomás University and accumulates an experience of more than 25 years in systemic family therapy, crisis intervention and parenting counseling, in addition to being a university professor. She also works as a consultant in the area of ​​Child and Adolescent Protection and collaborates with the program Sport VS Violence from Jero García Foundation, a project that deals with the prevention of violence through sport and which we already talked about in the previous show of ‘The Last Runner’.

With it we address the two sides in which psychology and sport are related. On the one hand, elite athletes who suffer psychological problems due to the pressure and demands of competition, as is the case with Simon Biles O Antonio Abadía and on the other, people who have psychological problems and find a way out in sport. In the first case, “there are already specialists in sports psychology helping athletes to achieve the best performance, to control stress and tolerance for failure. There is a point where your identity cannot be hijacked by the sport you do” . In the second case it is a very powerful tool because “thanks to sport we socialize, we learn values ​​such as solidarity, teamwork, empathy or sharing leadership” for that reason, due to the increase in cases of suicide attempts or self-harm, after attending the emergency and starting therapy, they recommend that they start doing some kind of sport, one that makes them feel good, “because the sport Well focused, it generates endorphins, which are the hormones of happiness, and dopamine, which is what generates the most basic instincts and works in the same way as antidepressants that a psychiatrist can give us. It helps them to get out of their confinement and to communicate“.

The psychologist also stressed that since the pandemic began, her work has clearly increased. Cases of social and family violence and, what is worse, suicide attempts, have increased significantly in the last year and a half. “The positive is that we are being aware that we have to take care of our mental health. We are finding people more willing to recognize that it is wrong and that they need professional help. “And the coronavirus crisis has highlighted these problems.” In Spain there are at least about one hundred thousand deceased people. We have a large number of the population doing dueling processes. This involves a great deal of discomfort and sadness that you have to live with. Others began to have hypochondriacal anxieties, that is, the fear of getting sick or dying. If to that we add the psychosocial crisis that confinement, economic losses and uncertainty have generated for the future, the result is that a change has been generated in our way of being and in our state of mind, in our way of thinking. feel. We are irritated, irritable and this makes us more aggressive and less tolerant. We are very worn out, very emotionally tired and very scared and sad. ”

All these sensations led many people to start practicing sports during confinement and continued with it afterwards. “People learned that exercising the body serves as a way to discharge anxiety, that sport is medicine“.

Luisa Fernanda Yagüez also emphasized the attention to the youngest. “After the last modification of the Child Protection Law, it will be mandatory for all sports clubs that there is a figure of the Delegate for Children and Adolescents in Sports, so that there will be a person who has specific training and who knows the protocols that must be put in place when it is detected. any kind of violence in the sports center. “

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