“The first thing you need to ask is what does ‘resilience’ mean,” says Gareth Bloomfield. The psychologist, who works with the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, explains that it comes from the Latin ‘resilio’, which means ‘to bounce back’. “It’s the ability of individuals or a team to bounce back from adversity,” Bloomfield continues. “I guess in most sports, analogous scenarios would be about a team losing. How does the team bounce back from a loss or maybe a series of losses? That goes for an individual as well, so if we’re talking about a tennis player or a golfer, someone who plays their sport on their own, how do they bounce back from a series of performances where they do not feel that they best delivered?
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