Teskal is a computing application designed to relieve 'the loneliness of the sportsperson'. The better a sportsperson is, the more time he or she spends away from home, and few can afford the luxury of travelling with psychologists, coaches, etc. This tool enables them to receive sports and psychological counselling online wherever they may be. Mara Palacios has detailed the development and validation of this tool in a thesis submitted at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and entitled Aspectos psicosociales aplicados a la formacin en jvenes deportistas a travs de nuevas tecnologas (Psychosocial aspects applied to training in young sportspeople through the new technologies). This validation is due to be echoed by the Revista Internacional de Medicina y Ciencias de la Actividad Fsica y del Deporte.
Palacios' research brings together sports psychology, education, and information and communication technologies (ICTs). It has its origin in the author's working environment: "I work in a sports counselling company (Iceberg). Until I joined, they functioned with Sifolito, a programme for providing sports and psychological counselling. Using some questionnaires on paper they held interviews with sports people, gathered data on their state, etc. We realised that as sportspeople travel a lot, all this needed to be computerised; Sifolito needed to be developed through the new technologies." It was something that apparently had never been done before in sports psychology: "We haven't found anything like this."
From Sifolito to Teskal
Teskal has been developed on the basis of the same aims and methodology as Sifolito, the original programme. In other words, it is about optimising the sportsperson's performance by dealing with aspects linked to psychosocial capacities, like motivation, mood, anxiety, emotional control, decision-making processes, visualisation, self-effectiveness, c
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