Coach Resilience: What it Means, Why it Matters and How to Duild it


  • Janet Young



Resilience, Adversity, Coach


‘Resilience evokes the promise of something good resulting from misfortune, hope embedded in adversity. Life rarely deals gently with humans on an indefinite basis. Sooner or later, we all grapple with some harsh issue.’ (Dyer and McGuinness, 1996, p.276). This paper reviews resilience, defined as an ability to withstand and rebound from disruptive life challenges. The nature, associated attributes and significance of resilience are discussed. A number of suggestions to recover from, and indeed, thrive in the face of adversity are highlighted. 


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How to Cite

Young, J. (2014). Coach Resilience: What it Means, Why it Matters and How to Duild it. ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review, 22(63), 14–17.