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Finding Resilience on a Mountaintop

By Sarah Hudak
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“Can you teach them resilience? I need them to be mentally tough.” How many of us have had this request from coaches, administrators, and parents? It is difficult to teach resilience, especially…

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Sport, Race, and Social Justice: Honoring Black Athlete-Activism

By Kensa Gunter, Rob Owens, Tanya Prewitt-White
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The Dual Role of Athlete and Activist The arena of sport and performance is often regarded as a utopian space where, unlike other facets of society, equity and cultural acceptance are assumed to be…

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The Science Behind Expert Teams: Insights From Sport Psychology

By Edson Filho
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High-performing teams are high in cohesiveness, shared understanding, and a sense of team confidence or collective efficacy. In other words, even teams full of star players (e.g., national teams, all-…

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The Power of Optimism

By Matt Long, M.A., M.Ed.
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You know you are in deep trouble; so you face the brutal facts of the challenge you’re facing. But at the same time you feel deeply that you will prevail. This quote comes from James Stockdale, a…

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Burnout or Depression? Understanding the Unique Mental Health Needs of Athletes

By Marina Galante
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Athletes as a Special Population Mental illness affects approximately 61.5 million Americans each year; despite this, mental health continues to carry negative stigma that interferes with proper…

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Managing Emotions in Sport

By Dr. Andrew Friesen
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There is no construct of human psychology and functioning more prevalent in sport than emotion. Mood, emotions, and general affect can influence every movement in every sport. Consider a typical 45…

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