"What is this Special Quality Called Mental Toughness and Who Has It?"

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Young, Janet and Pearce, Alan J (2010) "What is this Special Quality Called Mental Toughness and Who Has It?". Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis, 15 (3). pp. 16-20. ISSN 1567-2352


As part of a larger study on mental toughness, 18 (eight male and 10 female) former Australian professional tennis players esponded to an open-ended questionnaire that asked them what mental toughness means to them and to nominate mentally tough players, providing reasons for their nominations. A series of inductive content analyses was conducted to analyse the data. Analyses revealed that mental toughness is a dynamic process that embraces a number of much valued and sought positive attributes. A number of current and former champions were considered mentally tough. Based on players’ responses in this study a defi nition of mental toughness in tennis was developed that caters for individual player differences and other considerations.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6960
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID20841, ResPubID22498, mental toughness, tennis player
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