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Playing Through Adversity in Basketball

Coaches want their players playing with drive and determination, to work hard, and to persevere in the face of hardship, but few coaches provide them with the resources or skills they need to meet these lofty goals. Players would be able to not only continue despite hardship but also to be highly effective and productive as a result of learning and comprehending the many phases of human behavior and how they impact performance.

When confronted with a tough job or adversity, players will go through the three stages or degrees of human behavior described below:

Phase I: Effort and Determination

When confronted with hardship, athletes will make every effort to overcome it. Players will enter the second phase of conduct and begin to lose self-control if/when they are not successful.

Players must understand that success is earned through perseverance and hard work. Accomplished players put forth more effort for extended periods of time than average players, and they almost never lose control during a game. Great players, like Michael Jordan, see difficulty and pressure circumstances as a challenge rather than a hindrance or a disadvantage and are extremely driven to overcome them.


Phase II: Loss of Control

Players will get irritated and angry at the second level of human behavior. They become violent verbally and physically, and they search for scapegoats or reasons. They can even become aggressive and confrontational at times. This dissatisfaction and lack of self-control necessitate a significant investment of physical, mental, and spiritual capacity, and hence only seems to last a brief window.

When a player loses composure, they are no more a valuable member of the team, and the trainer must pull them from the match and encourage them to persevere in the face of adversity. They’ll have some rough patches, but never a poor game.

Great players seldom go to this second period of human conduct because of their tenacity, professionalism, and ability to manage their feelings in the face of overwhelming odds.

Phase III: Quitting

Because the athletes have been battered physically, psychologically, and spiritually, they will rapidly enter the third phase of conduct and quit. It’s not worth it to put any more effort into the problem. They give up and throw down the towel completely.


Best Effort

“Success is the only thing that matters!” This may be true at the pro level, but at all other stages in the basketball game, putting forth your best effort is critical. One of the essential things players can take away from this fantastic game is how to persevere in the face of hardship.

As a result, it’s critical that athletes learn how to play despite obstacles and not to be concerned with things they can’t even control. They should be educated that a wrong decision or a terrible move should never detract from their ability or concentration. They might run out of time during one game if they give it their all, yet they will be the victors regardless of the result.


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