About the TAP Survey
What is the TAP?
The Troutwine Athletic Profile (TAP) is an athletic mindset indicator that measures the intangibles related to athletic and personal success. Specifically, the TAP measures an individual’s mental processing speed plus 11 behavioral traits, 8 cognitive functions, 5 “impact” traits and 3 learning traits important for participating and competing in athletics. From the TAP survey, output in the form of reports and development plans are available for improving both individual and team performance. This information leads to building champions.
The TAP survey is taken online at TakeTheTAP.com via a computer or tablet such as an iPad® and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the TAP, a rich array of output in the form of reports and development plans for the individual athlete are available. Learn about those options here.
The TAP is highly reliable, meaning a person’s scores are very consistent, do not vary much from day to day. Reliability checks have yielded high figures, r = .92, (where a value of 1.00 would be perfect). The TAP does not measure one’s clinical/medical personality and cannot make a psychological nor medical diagnosis.
Starting in 1985, Dr. Robert Troutwine began assessing prospective professional football players on critical factors believed to predict performance success and organizational compatibility for the NFL draft. These critical factors are generally referred to as “intangibles”, such as composure under pressure, competitive spirit, mental toughness, ability to adjust, etc. This led to the original development of the TAP© in 1988. The TAP© has undergone several revisions over the years, its latest in 2012.
Tom Brady’s strong TAP “intangibles” helped the Patriots draft him in the 2000 NFL draft
The TAP© has established a long track record in the National Football League (NFL®) of predicting success of prospects and helping coaches develop players to reach their full potential. It has been used by well over half the teams in the NFL® and approximately 95% of the current players in the NFL® have taken the TAP©. In 2001, the TAP© started being utilized for the same purpose by Major League Baseball (MLB®) teams and more recently National Basketball Association (NBA®) teams. The TAP© has also been utilized by US Military Special Forces in various capacities. Click here to see a sampling of teams and organizations that have used the TAP systematically over the years.
The TAP helped the Colts select Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf in the 1998 NFL Draft
In 2014, Dr. Troutwine co-founded The Right Profile, combining the TAP with predictive analytics technology to develop the ground-breaking TAP 360 System – an end-to-end online system for assessing, evaluating, developing & coaching athletes for optimal mental performance.
Who should take the TAP?
The TAP is designed for individuals age 13 and above. All athletes age 13 and above are recommended to take the TAP to learn more about themselves including tips & techniques for improvement.
The primary purpose of the TAP is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the individual athlete’s mental make-up so that all the stakeholders in an athlete’s development – the athlete, coach and parent/mentor – are armed with tools and techniques to foster development and optimize performance.
Coaches, parents and sports fans are also welcome to take the TAP to learn more about themselves and how they compare and stack-up to amateur and professional athletes.
How much time does the TAP take to complete?
The TAP typically takes 20-25 minutes to complete.
How frequently should an athlete take the TAP?
The TAP should be taken at least once per year for competitive athletes aged 13-25. Although core personality traits rarely change, attitudes and habits can be developed through effective coaching and training and those changes will be picked up by the TAP and the corresponding reports.