Mental toughness and overtraining behaviours

Tibbert, Stephanie Jane (2013) Mental toughness and overtraining behaviours. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The idea of mental toughness (MT) is bewitching. The construct is consistently associated with success and being able to overcome great difficulties while demonstrating dogged perseverance regardless of adversity (Gucciardi, Gordon, & Dimmock, 2008; Jones, Hanton, & Connaughton, 2002). It is no wonder sport psychology researchers strive to understand how to develop and display MT. The increase in published research in this topic attests to the popularity of becoming mentally tough. A clear understanding of MT, what it does and does not enable athletes to do, however, has not yet arrived. The purpose of this thesis was to gain an understanding of MT, with specific attention paid to the relationship with stress/recovery imbalance (SRI).

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords resilience, mental toughness characteristics, sports, over training, athletes, measuring, measurement, development, behaviours, stress, anxiety, recovery, coaches, soccer, hockey, Australian football, VFL, AFL, Victoria
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