Colossus Method

The hippocampus of the temporal lobe is the brain region dedicated to memory, learning and spatial orientation that increases its capacity with physical training. Memory, orientation, and learning actually contribute to increasing the athlete’s intelligence and knowledge.
Certain chemical substances, through neurotransmitters in the brain, are released in large quantities during training, including the growth factor BDNF. In fact, these mechanisms transform information into knowledge in a time that has to be contextualised from athlete to athlete.
The athlete must acquire the information necessary to memorise all those gestures that are indispensable in his or her discipline and any patterns in team sports.
A notable difference lies in the speed of the mnemonic elaboration, in fact the stimulus-process-action reaction time differs according to the type of sporting discipline. The reaction of a fighter differs from that of a golfer and deserves a distinction from that of a pilot, where, in thousandths of seconds, the athlete must think and act, knowing that his or her life will depend on the choice made. We can, therefore, state that each sport discipline requires a different reactive capacity and the athlete will have to process all perceived information at a different speed that will lead him to different reaction times. The athlete’s body will move quickly and his vision will photograph the surrounding space to create the correct action to be performed in a few moments.
The champion, the great champion is precisely the athlete who, compared to others, has developed the ability to read and anticipate the action.
Every sport differs in the learning methods aimed at achieving the perfect execution of the sporting gesture, which will favour specific motor and perceptive qualities.
But how can reasoning that requires mental processing and logical development be transformed into an almost immediate physical response?
It is the athlete’s ability to instinctively intuit what to do, without the need to elaborate reasoning that would slow down the action.
There are sports that need very fast action-reactions, think of car, motorbike and motorboat drivers, but also of tennis and combat sports, while others, such as golf, archery, freeclimbing have a reasoning and logical processing that leads to the action to be taken.
To all this we must add the mental aspect, the anxiety, the internal and external pressures, the fear of failure, the perception of not being ready for the event.
Another very delicate aspect is the post-injury, the one that required surgery with a slow path of rehabilitation and subsequent re-athletisation.
The memory of pain can live with the athlete even long after clinical recovery. It is a very serious issue that can even interrupt the athlete’s career or compromise his or her performance standard.
The Colossus Method has, among other things, a guiding path for athletes in the different aspects of competitive life, which is based on positive behavioural styles: freeing the mind from pressure, living sport lightly, bringing back the playful aspect. The athlete must be able to live and contextualise all the contents and pressures of sport, the media, the fans, without forgetting economic management.
It must always be borne in mind that athletes find themselves catapulted into a golden world at a very young age, and if they are deprived of a solid family context, it can be really difficult to manage.

Prof. Ph.D Francesco Calarco