Catharsis – Philosophical and Spiritual Aspects of Long-Distance Running

Open access


The purpose of the study was to identify and analyze the occurrence of cathartic states in a sample of long-distance runners. Data collected via questionnaires were used to evaluate quantitative variables complemented by heuristics while aiming at qualitatively categorize the areas of cathartic states in the context of philosophical and spiritual aspects of long-distance running. The study findings objectify philosophical and spiritual aspects affecting personalities of long-distance runners. The study findings have shown that catharsis represents a relevant philosophical and spiritual aspect affecting long-distance running. We assume that authentic experience of catharsis and its effects motivates runners to perform regular physical activity. The analysis of philosophical and spiritual aspects of long-distance running has revealed a multi-spectral holistic relevance based on the transfer affecting a specific way of life, spectrum of values, ethical personality traits, and also the quality of long-distance runners’ lives.

1. BRUGGER, W., 2006. Filosofický slovník. Praha: Naše vojsko, 2006, ISBN: 80-2060-820-6.

2. ČILLÍK, I., 2009. Atletika. Banská Bystrica: UMB. ISBN 978-80-8083-89-28.

3. HURICH, E. et al., 2013. Spiritualita pohybových aktivit. Brno: MU. ISBN 978-80-210-6207-8.

4. JIRÁSEK, I., 2013. Spiritualita pohybových aktivit - vymezení diskursivního přístupu. In: HURICH, E. (ed.) Spiritualita pohybových aktivit. Brno: MU, pp. 8-16. ISBN 978-80-210-6207-8.

5. JIRÁSEK, I., 2005. Filosofická kinantropologie: setkání filosofie, těla a pohybu. Olomouc: UP. ISBN 80-244-1176-8.

6. KUČERA, V. & Z. TRUKSA, 2000. Běhy na střední a dlouhé tratě. Praha: Olympia. ISBN 80-7033-324-3.

7. NEMEC, M., 2011. Is Space for Me - Space for You? In: Acta Universitatis Carolinae Kinanthropologica. Praha: Karolinum Press. Vol. 1-47, pp. 76-83, ISSN 1212-1428.

8. OBORNÝ, J., 2015. Filozofia a šport. Bratislava: UK. ISBN 978-80-223-3659-7.

9. PAŠTIKOVÁ, R., 1998. Hrdina. In: HOGENOVÁ, A. (ed.) Hermeneutika sportu - výběr filosofických textů. Praha: Karolinum, pp. 29-32. ISBN 80-7184-744-5.

10. ROBINSON, S. & J. PARRY, 2013. Spiritualita: k otázce definice. In: HURICH, E. (ed.) Spiritualita pohybových aktivit. Brno: MU, pp. 17-28, ISBN 978-80-210-6207-8.

11. SISÁKOVÁ, O., 2001. Filozofia hodnôt medzi modernou a postmodernou. Prešov: FF. ISBN 80-8068-061-2.

12. VARGA, I. & P. GLESK, 1986. Atletika - behy. Bratislava: Šport.

Journal Information


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 56 56 25
PDF Downloads 11 11 5