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Manage setbacks successfully – foster mental flexibility, not toughness in athletes

Athletes may seek sports psychologists to improve mental toughness. Josephine Perry suggests it isn’t mental toughness they need more of; it is mental flexibility. It is clear why mental toughness is so revered. The tale of an athlete that suffers through a setback and comes out on top creates good media sound bites and a compelling story. But psychologists, coaches, and therapists are gradually realizing that athletes aren’t just commodities; they are people too.

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