Applying Positivity In Sport
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This article specifies how positivity helps athletes, calling on the work of several researchers. PCA National Advisory Board Members whose research is included here are Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Barbara Fredrickson.
The emphasis lies on Positive Psychological Interventions (PPIs), which can not only counteract negative emotions, but also proactively build up athletes to become more resilient, in turn increasing confidence and productivity.
Among the key quotations: "In sport emotional resilience can be related to the common concept of mental toughness. This enables athlete’s coping mechanisms to maintain consistency during training and competition demands, consequently determining performance. This can manifest itself in the control of events, enjoyment of challenges, and commitment among elite athletes. "
The article is housed at BelievePerform.com, which collects articles on sports psychology.