After a life as a high level swimmer – also part of the Italian National Team – Marisa Muzio interprets her profession in terms of innovation, internationality and multi disciplinarity.
As a psychologist, she has integrated professional experiences to teaching and University research, in the field of Sport and Organizational psychology.
Mental trainer of athletes, professional sports teams, National Teams, Olympic medallists and world record holders; she has trained athletes, who partecipated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, Rio and Tokyo.
She is the Project leader of Flow for Excellence, a multi-professional network, focused on the management and enhancement of human capital in organizations, with pragmatic approaches, supported by a scientifically validated and globally established methodology.
Within the theoretical framework of Positive Psychology, applied research and Knowledge Management are the foundations of consulting and training projects aimed at companies in different sectors.
The concept of Flow, studied for years, in close collaboration with Italian and foreign research institutes in order to derive innovative applications in the professional field, is central.
TO PLAY IN ADVANCE
The word “sport” has met strong resistance in the academic field. A great effort has been done to support studies aimed at promoting culture in this direction. Among the initiatives, the publication of “Nuoto Bambino”. We are in the eighties. The text, intended for university students, wins the XVI Literary Competition organized by the Italian National Olympic Committee. Among the reasons, we read the terms of rigor of the study, centrality of the child and care of his well-being.
The second initiative: in 1996, conceived and created with Sandro Gamba – Hall of Fame, former National Basketball Coach – the first Masters in Italy in sport psychology. It also gives life to the Study and Training Center of Sport Psychology in Milan: the effects on the field from research.
An overseas view and sport culture are the key words.
And again: late nineties. Looking for new models of intervention, she notices that work psychology is fascinated by sport champions, and brings them closer.
Not yet satisfied with emotions, she now wants to experiment on the field, with the same tools and methods needed for winning in sport. Experiential training is affirmed: in 2000, the answer. Psicosport srl was founded, to create continuity between sports and companies. Marisa will be A.D. until 2011, when the company was sold.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HIGH LEVEL SPORT AND BUSINESS
Similarities between sport and business, as well as constant comparisons with the international scenary, led her to develop innovative training methodologies, including:
- Coaching by Action, which includes the integration of traditional business coaching sessions with sports practice sessions, conducted in co-teaching with a high-level champion.
- Intervention within an integrated intervention model – in the complex issue of generational change in the corporate world – as a direct and revisited experience in the field of outplacement of the sports champion.
By virtue of the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Medicine and of Exercise and Sports Sciences of the University of Milan, she contributes to filling an institutional void regarding the psychology of sport.
She is part of countless study commissions of the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Education on issues related to sport as a tool for education, prevention and therapy.
She was titled “Psychologist of the Year 2008” for the professional successes obtained at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Among the awards of her career, we can also find “DONNASPORT ’90” (credits acquired in sport psychology research), “DONNA 10 e LODE” (1992).
In 2016 she was awared the “PREMIO ADRIANO OLIVETTI”, Sezione Metodologica for her project “Crescere, innovare, competere” at Ilma Plastica, Gavirate, VA.