Resilience In Athletes

Resilience In Athletes

Advantage Through Resilience

Driven is used by top athletic teams to assess resilience, provide meaningful personal insight, and increase performance.


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What is resilience in athletes?

Resilience is the ability for athletes to advance despite adversity such as injuries, lost competitions, change of circumstances, and other stressors at the gym, home, and with themselves.

Why is resilience in athletes so important?

To achieve and sustain high performance, athletes have to withstand a wide range of stressors throughout their sporting careers.


Mental health symptoms

46.4% of elite athletes were experiencing symptoms of at least one of the mental health problems


Psychological distress

Psychological distress has a negative impact on sport achievement and psychological well-being


Performance sustainability

Resilience has a significant positive correlation with sport achievement and sustainable high performance

Signs of athletes struggling with mental health

A change in behaviour is often a first sign of mental suffering of an athlete. For example:

  • Lack of motivation or interest in their sport
  • Disconnect from or conflict with others
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Feeling overly worried, sad or worthless
  • Changes in eating habits / Obsession with losing or gaining weight
  • Moodiness
  • Finding it hard to cope with pressure

Why are mental health issues of athletes sometimes reported or treated late?

  • Fear of consequences e.g. having to take a break / leave the team
  • Stigma – Seeing asking for help as a weakness
  • Lack of time, due to training sessions and other commitments
  • No access to mental health support or not sure who to ask
  • Difficulty in expressing emotions and thoughts

How to build positive mental health in athletes?

Athletes often don’t look for support due to the negative stigma and potentially affecting their team placements. This is why investing in athlete resilience is so important.

Build confidence among your athletes and provide constructive feedback

Educate yourself and your athletes about mental health

Encourage your athletes to talk about their feelings and provide them with support

Teach them coping skills to become more resilient

Provide scenarios for them to anticipate and improve problem solving skills

Make sure they eat healthy and sleep well

Let your athlete rest until fully recovered after an injury


Develop coping strategies to become mentally stronger

Resilience is a process which is built up by an individual over time

Examples of improved resilience in athletes

Resilient athletes perform better

Mental health

  • Manage stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Stay optimistic
  • Manage change & setbacks

Physical health

  • Less fatigued
  • Better sleep hygiene
  • Consistent eating habits


  • Greater emotional intelligence
  • Can deal with difficult people
  • Improved communication skills

Sport club's performance

  • Boost athlete success & retention
  • Better ability to attract new talent
  • Higher potential return

How to build resilience in athletes?

Driven Resilience App

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Identify strengths & weaknesses, get personalised activities & measure results.

How do we teach resilience?


1. Resilience Certification

Get certified

Learn about the latest in resilience coaching with our accredited resilience coaching course (CReC) and become a Certified Resilience Coach.


2. Resilience Assessment

Measure resilience

Assess your client’s resilience with our peer-reviewed, scientific scale called the PR6 which is based on the 6 domains of resilience.

3. Resilience Report

Evaluate resilience

You’ll receive a detailed report about your client’s strengths and weaknesses in comparison to people’s average.


4. Driven App & Desktop

Build resilience

Your clients get personalised activities based on their needs to help in the moment as well as preventative exercises via our desktop and phone app.