Friday, August 31, 2012

Mental Toughness

I believe that mental toughness is at the heart of how far and athlete gets in reaching her potential and better yet, what her team is able to achieve through the course of our long season. Many coaches shy away of training this skill for a number of reasons. Maybe coaches believe an athlete either has it or she doesn't. Maybe coaches think that the way their workouts are designed is enough to challenge their players, or possibly we just aren't as confident in teaching how to improve the mind. Here is what I believe. Some athletes are born with mental toughness but can still improve this skill. Other athletes may not be as mentally tough but given the right sets of tools and situations can vastly improve, just like any skill. This is an area I am spending much more time with the team on so they have the tools that are needed when our athletes are in those mentally challenging situations. Today is our first session on one of our 4 C's, Confidence. I'll let you know how it went with a follow up blog on Monday! Have a great Labor Day weekend! -Coach Bin

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