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Sara Martinsson: This is a guy who dare to talk about framgångens price

I think of Avicii when I read the Albin Tingsvalls book. Not for that handball has with the house to do. But for ”All I lost by winning” (Offside Press) says something important about the success that is universal.

Tingsvall was born into the idrottsfrälsta the countryside. When he was little he dreamed of becoming an archaeologist. Pretty soon he understood, however, that the confirmation where he came from was to get in physical performance. Childhood training at the lek was in his teens, to a location in one of the local seniorlagen, was to a call from the champions Hammarby, became a elitkarriär with the national team level.

mansliv. But Tingsvall wanted something else. Study, explore the world at the side of the handball fields. The ambitions triggered the doubt, which, in turn, gave sleepless nights, a lack of motivation. He had it all. Why was he not satisfied?

the Past year has been a pretty lively discussion going on for if the price of our contemporaries requires that anyone who wants to be successful pay. Aviciis death was the beginning of this questioning, which focused largely on the culture. Several of the too early deceased singer's colleagues have told you about the press in to fly around the world to stand in different scenes. The necessity to talk about mental illness has been emphasised. Especially the guys need to talk, we have learned. In the art are, after all, space and understanding for a sensitive soul.

In the Sport, however, is such a space barely measurable. Tingsvall describes how he undergoes hjärtscreening, fitness, styrketester. No time he gets the question: ”How are you?”. The signal is that a strong male body in to his very essence is just physics. It has centuries of traditional masculine values to lean on, and in a culture that values idrottsmannens performance enough to pay both big money and go came out into the streets to celebrate his triumphs, there is no place for the shades.

narrow. The guy who managed to get to the top in sport should not want anything other than that with the blood and sweat clinging behind.

Yet, or perhaps because of this, there are of course mental illness there too. According to the Centre for research in sports is hit a third of the Swedish landslagsidrottare of it. For Tingsvall personally led the doubt and lack of motivation to he completed elitkarriären just 26 years old.

today, he is 30, a trained psychologist, and works with athletes ' mental health. To help future generations elitsatsande to face the issues he himself did not see that the sports movement could answer, he sees as one of its main missions.

”All I lost by winning” be written for all who are engaged by and in the sport, and for parents of athletic children. I would like to delete those sentences, stop at ”all”. For Albin Tingsvall sets elegant and accurate words on a young man's thoughts and daily lives in a way that is applicable to which activity and what are the dreams that time.

Read this book, even if you are not at all interested in sports! It will teach you more about people.

Read more: An interview with Albin Tingsvall

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