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What Is Mental Toughness?
« on: April 29, 2019, 01:18:33 PM »

This is a great article! Mental toughness is an oft repeated phrase on the cricket field and it leaves people more confused and befuddled than ever. God bless this man for clearing the fog and myth around a concept that only (magically) applied to the best in the world. :D

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26630222/barefoot-coach-paddy-upton
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2019, 01:49:58 PM »

massive thanks for sharing that!!!

i am in a bit of sh1tty situation at my club at the moment (being asked to play 1s, when i should be in the 3s) and have always been a massive pessimist about my own cricket and life in general really (which i find few understand at my club) - reading that has made me think about the sh1tty situation differently and has helped!!!
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2019, 05:07:32 PM »

It is a good article that the majority of the cricket world would do well to take note of. Very few other sports write an individual off for not being “mentally tough enough” as happens in cricket far too frequently. Thanks for sharing
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2019, 05:51:24 PM »

It is a good article that the majority of the cricket world would do well to take note of. Very few other sports write an individual off for not being mentally tough enough as happens in cricket far too frequently. Thanks for sharing
I've posted about this before, being a goalkeeper is plenty tough enough and I think a good 50% of that position is mental!

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2019, 06:21:07 PM »

Paddy Upton is awesome.He has a new book out that I'm trying to buy but only Amazon sell it and they don't ship to NZ.
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019, 06:56:24 PM »

^ What is it called? "The Barefoot Coach"? The link I posted is excerpted from "The Barefoot Coach". It is also available on Kindle.
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2019, 09:33:51 PM »

Mate of mine has been studying mental toughness with the rfu.

If your interested https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01270/full
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2019, 10:17:19 PM »

^ What is it called? "The Barefoot Coach"? The link I posted is excerpted from "The Barefoot Coach". It is also available on Kindle.

yes it is.

I don't have a kindle.
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2019, 01:51:35 AM »

^ You just need the Kindle app, don't need the device. You can download the Kindle app on your ios/android phone, mac, or ipad. It works.
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 10:37:48 AM »

It is a good article that the majority of the cricket world would do well to take note of. Very few other sports write an individual off for not being mentally tough enough as happens in cricket far too frequently. Thanks for sharing
There seems to be a prevalence of mental health problems in cricket which isn't quite seen in other sports. I wonder if that is a result of all the talk around being mentally tough and the inevitable self doubt it can cause when a player isn't in form.
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Re: What Is Mental Toughness?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 04:35:36 PM »

When looked at from the outside cricket is an incredibly negative sport (it's depressing how often you see a player, usually a batsman, written off for not having enough "heart" or "toughness" whether it be in the media/ forums/ ex players/ chats at the local club/ etc. Even when a player has success, you always see this followed by "but their figures in x, y, z format/ country/ moon cycle suck big time".

I think cricket has a weird dynamic of being a team sport of individual performances that you don't get in many other sports.

The chance of failure, particularly batting, is high and there are a host of variables that will never be in your control. Of your sole job is to score runs and a bad bit of luck, incredible bit of bowling or slight brain fart happens then the consequence is high- day over by and large. Have a bad game or two and you can find yourself out of the team (a decision you have no control over) and out of the group you aspire to be part of. There must be a ton of pressure to be perfect and to try and control things you really can't control and that eats away at you.

It happens elsewhere but usually in other team sports you have enough opportunities to make amends and have value to the team in other respects to whatever it was you just fluffed up. Likewise in most individual, technique based sports you can take yourself away from competition and work on stuff safe in the knowledge that when things come right the results will look after themselves- the same can't be said for cricket where you can be in incredible technical form and runs/ wickets/ economy/ whatever just don't happen.

The common factor of a lot of successful players seems to be having a life and interests outside cricket otherwise it just eats them up. Definitely a strange sport for sure!
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