A cognitive-behavioural analysis of mental toughness in national rugby league football teams

Jim Golby*, Michael Sheard, David Lavallee

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This study examined the relations between demographic characteristics of rugby players and selected aspects of psychological performance in rugby league football. Mental toughness was assessed using Psychological Performance Inventory and Hardiness on the Personal Views Survey III-R. Participants (N = 70) were international rugby league footballers representing four teams (Wales, France, Ireland, England) in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Participants completed the questionnaires in training camp. Welsh-nationality players had a significantly higher mean score on two of the hardiness subscales. Hardiness measures displayed the greatest and most frequently statistically significant differences. The findings concur with previous work indicating superior hardiness is related to improved performance in sports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-462
Number of pages8
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


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