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Mental Toughness

The Mindset Behind Sporting Achievement

By Michael Sheard

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Format: Paperback, 280 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: 8 black & white illustrations, 16 black & white tables
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2012
Mental toughness is one of the most common terms used in sport -- by athletes, coaches, spectators and the media. However, it is also one of the least understood terms. This book provides a definitive and readable overview of the area, and presents the cutting-edge research in the field of mental toughness. Michael Sheard introduces the historical and conceptual arguments behind this research, and looks at the characteristics and development of mentally tough sport performers. He suggests that mental toughness is a personality style and mindset, and presents a case for its inclusion within the positive psychological paradigm. The book also explores various measures of this concept and their psychometric properties, and considers cultural and national perspectives as well as the possibility of mental toughness heredity. Sheard describes how the development and maintenance of mental toughness is a key factor for successful sport and life performance, and outlines possible areas for future research. This book is unique in considering the idea of mental toughness as an 'achievement mindset' and will be an invaluable resource for sport and exercise psychology and science students and lecturers. It also provides an important reference for sport participants, coaches, and enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

Introducing Mental Toughness. Characterizing Mental Toughness. Conceptualizing Mental Toughness. Measuring Mental Toughness. Developing and Maintaining Mental Toughness. Concluding Mental Toughness.

About the Author

Michael Sheard is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at York St John University. His educational qualifications include a PhD in sport positive psychology. Sheard has published widely on mental toughness, hardiness, and positive psychology, and presented his work at conferences worldwide. He is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society.


'Mental toughness is an idea whose time has come. Solidly anchored in scientific research, the book presents an overview of what mental toughness is, how to measure it, and factors leading to its development. Written in an engaging style, it is accessible to scholars and students alike.' -- Robert J. Vallerand, Universite du Quebec a Montreal 'This is a welcome contribution to the sport psychology literature, focusing on a topic which applied sport psychologists deal with constantly but which has rarely received specific attention in this way. This book will go a long way towards helping to correct this situation, and is written in a very accessible, no-nonsense style that I find very appealing.' -- John Kremer, School of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast

EAN: 9780415578967
ISBN: 0415578965
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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