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Developing resilience in sport

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This free course, Developing resilience in sport, explores how the concept of resilience can support athletes on their athletic development journey. Resilience can act as a buffer to protect against the challenges that might be faced by athletes.

Within the course you'll be directed to a number of fascinating resources, including research articles to support your learning. While you will see that the majority of the research into resilience in sport has been completed in elite sport, you will reflect that it is a concept that impacts across all levels of sport, in different athletic contexts.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E312 Athletic development: a psychological perspective.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the features of resilience in both individual and team contexts and understand why it is important for athletic development
  • critically discuss the role of the environment in the development of resilience
  • examine how to build resilience in a range of sport settings and apply this knowledge to real world scenarios.

First Published: 26/01/2022

Updated: 26/01/2022

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