Mental Toughness in Collegiate Athletics with Dr. Dave Yukelson

Dr. Dave Yukelson, the Sport Psychologist at Penn State for 28 years, discusses how mental toughness is not something we are born with. Instead, it is an inner drive that we learn. He describes that the best athletes are mentally tough and have an ability to have a growth mindset and stay composed in the game. To do this, Yuke talks about letting go of the “mental gu” and “flipping the channel.” He also discusses the skill of focus which includes being “right here, right now,” positivity, composure and a choice to be confident. Other topics he discusses includes trying too hard, focal points, and the importance of the breath in performance.

[tweet_dis2]Mental gu is the curse of stinkin thinkin. Instead, reframe on the task at hand. Be here, be now. @DrYuke via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2]Give me 100% of your 70%. Give me 100% of what you have right now.@DrYuke via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2]The key is to check in and move forward. Reset, release and be ready.@DrYuke via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2]Sport is what you do. Not who you are.@DrYuke via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2]Champions let go of things quicker. Move on and be here now.@DrYuke via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]