26th Podcast

Podcast Guest “It's a long road” is the runner Dimitris Karaoglanidis. Dimitris is a professor of Physical Education, with a Masters in Sports Coaching and a PhD in Physical Education and Sports with an emphasis on Sports Psychology. He teaches the courses of Coaching and Sports Psychology at the Department of Sports Coaching and Physical Education of the University of East London at the Metropolitan College of Heraklion.


With Dimitris we will have an interesting discussion, and we will refer to concepts related to sports psychology, how it affects the performance of athletes and we will look for ways that will help us improve our motivation as well as our performance.

Podcast Interview Highlights “It's a long road” with runner and Physical Education Professor Dimitris Karaoglanidis.

01:30 Dimitris, if you want to start, tell us a little about yourself and also how you got into gymnastics in your life;

02:18 Where is sports psychology headed?

03:54 Can someone maximize their performance through sports psychology?

05:15 How easy is it to set goals and let's talk more specifically about sports goals?

09:55 Do we have to define our goals from the beginning? And how hard should it be? What determines this difficulty? How long does it take?

11:15 Is it necessary to re-evaluate and redefine the goals? When does this happen?

12:20 Someone starts the gym or run for example and at the same time he wants to lose some kilos. Why does it usually give up after a while? What makes someone different who succeeds in accomplishing it target of;

14:00 What are the key factors that enhance people's motivation?

16:04 Are there any tips that can make you love running more and motivate you to do it more consistently?

19:06 Does the place I play in play a role? For example, is it the same to run on the treadmill of a gym where I know I don't like it and the same to run in a forest or on the beach?

20:15 A well-known motto says that great things are only achieved when you step out of your comfort zone. I often hear from friends that they are jealous in a good way that I can and do run and they would too but they don't have free time. What do you have to say about this?

21:40 Our immediate environment plays a role in achieving our goals;

22:25 Can an athlete with various techniques learn to control competitive anxiety, low self-concentration or low competitive confidence?

29:30 I have also referred to an older one Podcasts that there is a difference between failing at something and feeling like a failure. Is not that right; How much do these two close concepts affect our psychology?

31:16 Is there anything we can gain from a sporting failure?

32:09 It makes you believe it run better man; How much does running affect psychology?

33:52 What are the feelings that someone has during periods of inactivity due to an injury and how does this affect the athlete's psychology?

36:28 Really Dimitris what is it that drives many runners and especially those of long distance such as 100 kilometers for example to make such excesses; How difficult is it for them and their psychology to manage the pain?

40:08 In terms of sports psychology, what advice would you give to aspiring Marathoners?

41:10 Dimitris, are you running? How often, how long is a workout and how many kilometers do you cover in a week?

41:47 Besides running, do you do any other sports or have you done anything else in the past?

42:30 In closing, tell us a little about squash, your relationship with it and also where and how can someone find you?

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