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Understanding, developing and maintaining mental toughness in tennis

Young, Janet A. and Pearce, Alan J. 2011, Understanding, developing and maintaining mental toughness in tennis, Medicine and science in tennis, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 18-22.

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Title Understanding, developing and maintaining mental toughness in tennis
Author(s) Young, Janet A.
Pearce, Alan J.
Journal name Medicine and science in tennis
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 18
End page 22
Total pages 5
Publisher Society for Tennis Medicine and Science
Place of publication San Mateo, Calif.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1567-2352
Keyword(s) mental toughness
tennis
Summary Eighteen (10 female and 8 male) recently retired top world-ranked Australian professional tennis players responded to a questionnaire that was developed to address future directions by mental toughness researchers. A series of inductive content analyses was conducted to analyze the qualitative data obtained from participants’ responses. These analyses revealed that mental toughness is a most sought-after dynamic attribute that encompasses a range of abilities (e.g., focus, work ethic) to consistently perform well under pressure. Further, mental toughness is thought to be ‘taught’ and/or ‘acquired’ over many years and can be influenced by factors that include injury, changes in a player’s technique and match results. Examples of mentally tough players were cited and reasons given as to their selection as outstanding mentally tough competitors. Sport psychologists, coaches, parents and other mentors were identified as significant members of a support team to guide and equip players to be mentally tough competitors. This study’s value to the tennis community includes practical benefits from gaining a fuller understanding of what is arguably one of the most important psychological skills in achieving excellence and enjoyment in tennis, namely mental toughness.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Society of Tennis Medicine and Science
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