Interview with Dr. Robert Troutwine, the chief psychologist at The Right Profile, who tests elite athletes for their Mental Toughness.
Dr. Troutwine, you’ve been testing elite athletes for 30 years. What are you looking for in a player?
“The real question I drive at is: Can this player take their game to the next level? With the evidence that we collect in the TAP, we feel very confident that we can ascertain that. Remember, at all levels – pro, college and high school – scouts and coaches are looking at the physical qualities of the players. Some of these players are at the top in terms of their physical skills. They can run, jump, bench press the world, but the last thing, the unknown, is the mental side.
“Do they have weaknesses that hold them back or the opposite, in the pros are they a late round pick that is a diamond in the rough […]