Mental toughness in sport: a review

Crust, Lee (2007) Mental toughness in sport: a review. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5 (3). pp. 270-290. ISSN 1612-197X

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Abstract

Athletes, coaches, and applied sports psychologists have consistently referred to mental toughness as one of the most important psychological characteristics related to outcomes and success in elite sport, although researchers have, until recently, devoted little time to studying this concept. This review considers some of the emerging definitions and conceptualizations, and examines how mental toughness might be developed in performers. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of mental toughness are evaluated, and developments in measuring this important concept are discussed. Research that has examined the relationship between mental toughness, performance, and perception are also reviewed. Future directions for research are offered.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Athletes, coaches, and applied sports psychologists have consistently referred to mental toughness as one of the most important psychological characteristics related to outcomes and success in elite sport, although researchers have, until recently, devoted little time to studying this concept. This review considers some of the emerging definitions and conceptualizations, and examines how mental toughness might be developed in performers. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of mental toughness are evaluated, and developments in measuring this important concept are discussed. Research that has examined the relationship between mental toughness, performance, and perception are also reviewed. Future directions for research are offered.
Keywords:Mental Toughness, Elite Sport, Persistence, Resilience, Personality, Adjustment
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6348
Deposited By: Lee Crust
Deposited On:28 Sep 2012 08:56
Last Modified:28 Sep 2012 08:56

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