10 Traits of Mentally Tough Athletes

There is no doubt, mental toughness is one of the most important traits of an athlete. Another word to describe mental toughness is ‘GRIT.’ It’s the ability to work hard, to push yourself to your limits, and to respond resiliently to adversity or laziness. What do you do when you just don’t feel like working-out? Mental tough athletes have a response for feelings of laziness, entitlement, or the feeling of ‘being owed’ something without having to pay for it… and that response is they FIGHT BACK with the traits listed below.

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Becoming a turnover mentality defense is a lot more than just telling your players every once in a while we need to create more turnovers. Coaches need to practice and promote turnovers week in and week out to become that turnover machine defense that every team wants to be. By having days like “Turnover Tuesday” , or “Fumble Friday” makes the players realize, and gets them excited about creating turnovers. As a coach, show your players different ways to recognize and create a takeaway.

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A Rising Tide

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “A rising tide raises all ships.” It’s based on the idea that when those around you succeed it lifts you up as well. I can speculate that the origin was not in reference to sports, but let me take a stab at.

I am a SDSU Alum. Don’t feel bad, you wouldn’t be the first to google the 4 letters to see what school that is. San Diego State University isn’t exactly a school known for turning out big crowds,

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