Adversity-related experiences are essential for Olympic success: additional evidence and considerations

Sarkar, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-8500 and Fletcher, D., 2017. Adversity-related experiences are essential for Olympic success: additional evidence and considerations. In: V. Walsh, M. Wilson and B. Parkin, eds., Sport and the brain: the science of preparing, enduring and winning, part A. Progress in brain research, 232 . Oxford: Academic Press, pp. 159-165. ISBN 9780128118276

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Drawing on Hardy et al.'s study as the target article, in this commentary, we focus on the adversity-related experiences and consequences of the Olympic and/or World champions that they sampled. With this in mind, we divide the narrative into two main sections. In the first section, we explore the association between adversity-related experiences and Olympic success, and provide additional evidence in support of the notion that adversity-related experiences are essential for success at the highest level of sport. In the second section, we discuss the role of adversity-related experiences in Olympic success considering a series of important psychosocial processes that are required for superior performance. In ending, we reflect on the salient (contentious and ethical) issues in the study and practice of adversity-related experiences and sport performance. We hope that our commentary adds to the extant literature and is useful for future study and practice in performance sport.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Alternative Title: Adversity-related experiences and Olympic success [running head]
Publication Title: Progress in Brain Research
Creators: Sarkar, M. and Fletcher, D.
Publisher: Academic Press
Place of Publication: Oxford
Date: 24 February 2017
Volume: 232
ISBN: 9780128118276
ISSN: 0079-6123
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Mar 2017 11:56
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 08:53

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