The Effects of Psychological Skills Training On Mental Toughness In Elite Sprinters

Document Type : Research Paper


Sport Psychology, Faculty Of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Univercity Of Tehran


Mental toughness Often considered fundamental for high level sporting performance. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of 8-week psychological skills training on mental toughness in elite sprinters. This study was a quasi-experimental study by pretest-posttest design with a control group. Statistical group comprised all men sprinters with an age range of 18-29 years in Khuzestan Province. To do this test, 30 male elite sprinters were randomly allocated into experimental and control groups(15 in each). We used Sports Mental Toughness Questionnaire (SMTQ(. The results were analyzed with SPSS 20. The findings showed significant development in mental toughness and confidence, constancy and control subscales, in experimental group to comparison with the control group after 8 weeks of psychological skills training The results of this study showed the effectiveness of psychological skills training on growth and improvement of mental toughness in athletes.


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