Measuring Mental Skills And Toughness
There is a common perception that the majority of sports contests are won or lost between the ears. Mental skills and toughness can have just as much or more influence on a contest than physical skills and attributes. Therefore, wouldn’t it make more sense to spend more time on developing your athlete’s mental skills rather than physical?
The answer to that question is not so straight forward and in reality, physical skills and conditioning are critical to success. However, it is a fair statement to say sports coaches should spend more time developing their athlete’s mental skills. But how do coaches do that?
Before sports coaches can improve something they need to know what needs improving. To find that out coaches need a measurement, in this case, they need to measure an athlete’s mental skills and toughness. Once measured coaches can then determine what areas to focus on improving.
“If your mindset is defeated, the results will be the same no matter how often you put up a physical fight.”Mac Duke The Strategist
Below is a button that will take you to an article by Spencer Wood who discusses the 4 C’s of peak performance. And most importantly how to measure them amongst your athletes. By completing these assessments, coaches will be able to determine what mental skills their athletes have and what requires improvement. From there, coaches will be able to create a plan to improve their athlete’s mental skills and toughness and bring their athletes closer to consistent peak performance.
If you are having problems accessing this link please contact us.
What was your key takeaway from this article?
Do you have any questions on any of the information provided in this article?
Let us know in the comments.