A strengths-based approach to coaching mental toughness

Gordon, Sandy and Gucciardi, Daniel F. (2011) A strengths-based approach to coaching mental toughness. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 2 3: 143-155. doi:10.1080/21520704.2011.598222

Author Gordon, Sandy
Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Title A strengths-based approach to coaching mental toughness
Journal name Journal of Sport Psychology in Action   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2152-0704
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21520704.2011.598222
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 143
End page 155
Total pages 13
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA,United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Developing mental toughness has become a major focus for athletes, coaches, sport teams and organizations. Emerging research has supported a variety of influences (e.g., coaches, parents, self) and mechanisms (e.g., reflecting on our experiences, coach motivational climate) by which mental toughness development likely occurs. In this article we focus on a strengths-based approach to mental toughness development, which has received scant attention within the sport psychology literature. A brief history of strengths approaches to the development of human potential is presented and contrasted with assumptions of traditional psychological skills training. We then describe how a strengths-based approach was translated into practice using an example from professional cricket. The guidelines have been shown to be effective in elite sport settings, but we believe they may also prove effective in youth sport settings.
Keyword Applied positive psychology
Strengths-based coaching
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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