What Science Says About Resiliency & Elite Athletes w/Mustafa Sarkar

Do Your Athletes Struggle With Being Resilient?

This episode of the Coach Your Best Podcast is about 'Research You Should Know'.

I have a conversation with Dr. Mustafa Sarkar and his research on resiliency and adversity in elite athletes and teams where we discuss:
  • What's your background in Sports Science?
  • My challenge of playing Cricket
  • What's a practical definition of 'resiliency'?
  • The different types of being resilience
  • What are the various sources of pressure for high performers?
  • What is meant by the phrase 'challenge appraisal'?
  • What is 'perceived social support' and why is this important regarding being resilient?
  • Who plays the strongest support role for a resilient athlete?
  • 5 Psychological factors of being resilient
  • What role does adversity play in the ability to be resilient?
  • What is the most common sports adversity in your study of Olympic Athletes?
  • What role does self-identity play in being resilient?
  • Practical advice for coaches on how to help your athletes become more resilient
Dr Mustafa Sarkar is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His teaching, research, and consultancy focuses on the psychology of sporting excellence and its application to other high performance domains (e.g., business). His work addresses how high achievers thrive on pressure and deliver sustained success.


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