‘What it takes’: perceptions of mental toughness and its development in an English Premier League Soccer Academy

@article{Cook2014WhatIT,
  title={‘What it takes’: perceptions of mental toughness and its development in an English Premier League Soccer Academy},
  author={Clive Cook and Lee Crust and M. Littlewood and M. Nesti and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson},
  journal={Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health},
  year={2014},
  volume={6},
  pages={329 - 347}
}
The purpose of this qualitative study was to undertake an in-depth exploration of coaches’ and support staff perceptions regarding mental toughness and its development in the pressurised and distinctive sub-cultural milieu of an English Premier League (EPL) Soccer Academy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight key staff responsible for a range of different roles in the development of young players. From the analysis, four general dimensions emerged as salient to mental toughness… Expand
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