If you’ve ever been to a little league soccer or football game, a middle school basketball game, a high school volleyball game, a swim meet, a professional football game, a collegiate baseball game – or to just about any sporting event at any level - you’ve most likely witnessed a player get frustrated and discouraged. You’ve also probably witnessed her inability to shake it off negatively affect the rest of her performance. Most likely, you’ve also seen athletes of every age and every level battle back.
Some athletes bounce back. Others need to work on readjusting their mindset.
That’s where resiliency comes in.
An article on www.usaswimming.org teaches about resiliency in the context of swimming. Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., a sports psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh, explains that "resilience is simply readjusting."
A memorable example of a team readjusting to bounce back to victory was the Philadelphia Eagles’ big “come from behind” win over the New York Giants in 2010. Down 31-10 to start the fourth quarter, the Eagles readjusted to pull off the amazing 38-31 punt return for the victory as time expired.
On the other hand, I’ve seen swimmers leave a meet early after swimming only one or two events because they were so discouraged by their early swims that they just gave up.
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