A fellow coach shared the following quote.

I haven’t read this particular book, so I can’t comment beyond this tidbit. I’m definitely interested to see what else it has, though!

To my mind, what we have here is pretty much the definition of mental toughness. At least to my mind. It’s the ability to focus and perform when the pressure – internal or external – is on.

I wrote before on the relationship between mental toughness and fatigue. That isn’t really the focus here. There’s some overlap, to be sure. Mainly, though, the quote talks about mental and emotional intrusions that negatively influence focus, and by extension performance.

Of course the question is then how we develop these skills – this mental toughness or resiliency – in our players. While we can certainly do off-court mindfulness work and the like, ultimately, it’s something that needs to develop in-context. That means in the situations where it comes up during matches.

To that end, you might find these posts useful:

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Men's & Women's Head Volleyball Coach at Medaille College, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy (formerly Charleston Academy). His previous experience includes the college and university level in the US and UK, professional coaching in Sweden, and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. Learn more on his bio page.

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