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Mental Toughness: Why Do We Train?l--Issue 125
December 20, 2016
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1. Performance Article: Mental Toughness and Emotion Control in Sports--

2. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

3. Thank You

Mental Toughness and Emotional Control

By Jeremy S Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, NASE, TPI1
Performance Coaching Team Leader

Since many of my athletes and parents have been asking questions about mental toughness and emotional control lately, I feel that it is only appropriate to share again one of the quick 10 min videos I did accompanied by some slides that explain this subject in greater detail.

These slides are part of one of my larger presentations that I gave at a coaching clinic about mental preparation for optimizing sports performance, specifically for the sport of ice hockey.

However, the principles in the presentation can be applied to any sport, not just ice hockey.

Take a moment to watch the presentation Here. (just go to the new page and click on the video--make sure your speakers are on and the volume is up). For more details on how to get the entire mental preparation for sports presentation, email us at

I also wanted to add that I recently had the opportunity to observe one of my licensed coaches training a team of high level youth hockey players, between the ages of 16 and 18. He had mentioned that his team only had a few players interested in competing beyond the 18U season and that most of them had no desire to go to a higher level or play in college (university) at any level. He followed up by informing me that he feels that because of this it affects his on-ice sessions and his off-ice workouts.

After watching this team complete a few sequences in their workout, I felt the need to explain to them something that is missing, or something that is not being addressed in sports as often as it should be.

Even if they wanted to play at higher level, the reality is that not many people 1) get the opportunity (get noticed and are given a chance) or 2) are not good enough to do so day in and day out. So, the truth is that most people who compete in youth sports don't get to compete in college or university--and this should not discourage anyone from participating in sports at any age.

But what needed to be addressed is that the workouts, what they do on the ice and off the ice, how they prepare and their commitment level are not about the sport. It's about how they process and set goals, and attack each task. Even though they are not motivated, will they still pay attention to each detail? Will they give it their best effort? Even if they don't want to do it, but it is the best thing for the team, will they embrace the suck and do it anyway, to the best of their ability? Will they even show up? Will they try to cheat and cut corners when no one is watching?

Those of us in the real world understand this. We have seen similar examples in the workplace. Heck, we may have even hired with or worked with people who would have taken the easy way out, or made excuses, or ignored the details, which ultimately hurt the team, the company, or got them terminated.

What we do in our youth sports echoes in how we handle tasks and situations in the real world. If you are coach, please emphasize these points and work to develop leaders and better teammates that will better adapt into the real world and contribute to making everyone better. If you are an athlete, take a look in the mirror and honestly assess what type of leader and teammate you are--are you the one doing the right thing all the time, even when no one is watching? Or are you the one cutting the corners and trying to cheat and slack your way through?

Motivational Quote

"In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
-- Tommy Lasorda

Take Action. Let others watch and wonder what had happened (and how it all happened).

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Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

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