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Medicina dello Sport 2020 September;73(3):557-64

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.20.03768-0

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

How interoception affects athletic performance

Marco BRUSCOLOTTI 1 , Nicola BARSOTTI 1, Alex REGNO 1, Claudia CERULLI 2, Marco CHIERA 1, Antonella SANTILLI 3, Attilio PARISI 2, Elisa GRAZIOLI 2

1 Italian Society of Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immunology (SIPNEI), Rome, Italy; 2 Foro Italico University, Rome, Italy; 3 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, Rome, Italy


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Although the first clinical studies about interoception appeared at the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, we have just begun to consider interoception as the “sixth sense.” Interoception allows people to feel consciously and unconsciously all their visceral and metabolic modifications induced by everyday events and to evaluate their affective, emotional, and motivational qualities. Scientific interest in interoception and athletic performance has begun even more recently although sports are a rich source of interoceptive signals. This literature review will highlight the advantages we can gain by deepening such an innovative theme - interoception can improve athletic prevention, care, and performance.


KEY WORDS: Interoception; Athletes; Athletic performance

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