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An Evidence Based Resilience Training Program | Mustafa Sarkar

An Evidence Based Resilience Training Program | Dr Mustafa Sarkar | Video

Dr Mustafa Sarkar – Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Nottingham Trent University | @MusSarkar

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An Evidence Based Resilience Training Program

“We’re suggesting that the interaction between the person and the environment will lead individuals to develop a challenge mind-set. That’s where individuals see pressure as an opportunity to learn to develop and grow, rather than pressure and stress being something that is seen as a threat to performance and well-being”

Facilitative Environment Characteristics

  • Supportive challenge towards a goal

  • People thrive in a challenging but supportive environment

  • Individuals seek out challenges to develop

  • Individuals crave constructive feedback

  • Good relationships between performers and leaders or coaches

  • Psychologically safe environment that encourages sensible risk-taking

  • Healthy competition

  • Everyone supports one another

  • Learn from mistakes and failure

  • Success is recognised and celebrated

  • “We’re in this together”

Unrelenting Environment Characteristics

  • Unhealthy competition
  • Leader exposes and ridicules under performers

  • Blame culture when high standards are not met

  • Avoidance mentality due to consequences of making mistakes

  • Little care for well-being

  • People feel isolated

  • Potential conflict

  • Performance unsustainable

  • Stress and potential burnout

  • “Sink or swim”

Video Transcript

We’ve come up with an evidence-based resilience training program and in this training program the mental fortitude training program focuses on three main areas to enhance performer’s ability to withstand pressure. These three areas are personal qualities, a facilitative environment and a challenge mind-set.

The personal qualities are things like personality characteristics and psychological skills. I’m going to talk a little bit about the role of the environment and we’re suggesting that the interaction between the person and the environment will lead individuals to develop a challenge mind-set. That’s where individuals see pressure as an opportunity to learn to develop and grow, rather than pressure and stress being something that is seen as a threat to performance and well-being.

Although it’s important to focus on an individuals ability to withstand pressure, by looking at personal qualities, by looking at their challenge mind-set, in light of the aforementioned cultural and athlete welfare issues of off both elite and youth sport, I feel that more attention needs to be paid to creating environments that people can thrive in in as both a person and a performer.

This clip is taken from a presentation by Dr Mustafa Sarkar for our Virtual Conference in 2018