Your Athlete Type report, in various sections below, is based on your personal results on the Troutwine Athletic Profile (TAP) assessment, the world’s preeminent athletic mindset indicator.
Your matched TAP Athlete Type, Performance Trait scores and Sports Psychologist analysis result from a comparison of your TAP results to the analytics on TAP results of over 30,000 elite athletes from the NFL®, NBA®, MLB®, MLL®, women’s professional athletes, men’s and women’s college athletes and soldiers from the US Military Special Forces. This report compares your TAP responses to those elite athletes as well as your peers.
The purpose for this report is to guide you to sharpen important competitive and life skills and help you enjoy your athletic experience, no matter your age or physical talent. This report will give you better insight into your athletic mindset and suggest steps to help you realize your fullest potential.
Many people wonder where did the TAP originate or what is its basis. In the preliminary stages, data was collected on top athletes. This data included physical measures, performance statistics, attitudes and psychological characteristics known as behavioral indicators. No assumptions were made about the nature or number of success factors found in top athletes.
After several years of tracking outcomes, it was determined the most successful athletes possess characteristics referred to as intangibles by many, which means the non-physical aspects. These intangible results are contained in the sections below of this report. Once these impact factors were discovered, the items that measured attitudes and psychological characteristics became the TAP survey. More tracking studies were conducted to further refine the items and improve the TAP. Many revisions were made as the database grew to tens of thousands of athletes. This database contains many famous athletes of yesterday and today, along with several who did not perform at professional scouts’ expectations.
It is possible you will compare favorably to these elite athletes in some areas. It is also possible you might be surprised or disappointed if you are described as average or needing improvement in some areas.
Keep in mind that most professional athletes are average or need improvement in some areas.
Taking the TAP alone won’t make you better. It is like thinking that if you buy an exercise bike, you will be in top condition. You must ride the bike to get in better shape. Thus, the next step is for you to establish a game plan for reaching goals aimed at improving your mental skills by using the results and suggestions in this report.
Best of luck in your athletic career, Johnny.
Dr. Robert Troutwine
Chief Psychologist, The Right Profile
Workouts to improve your Mindset Indicators
|Intrinsic motivation is high, self motivated. May often come across as driven.|
|Courage to face truth, admit problems.|
|Pragmatic, realistic, efficient.|
|Strong vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Good communication skills.|
|Strong quantitative reasoning.|
|Desire to be with people, belong to group.|
|Decisive, not afraid to make a mistake, does not second guess. May need help knowing when to be cautious.|
|Makes decisions by the book, likes set routines.|
|Some readiness for change, they are not content, satisfied or complacent Some yearning for improving/changing.|
|Thinner skin, trouble rebounding from mistake, may spend too much time on past mistakes and need help looking forward.|
|Often comes across uninhibited. May need help developing appropriate caution.|
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Positive Mindset Indicator
Neutral Mindset Indicator
Opportunity Mindset Indicator
Developmental Mindset Indicator
The commentary in these sections is written by Dr. Robert Troutwine. Each sentence is formulated based upon your individual TAP results. For more than three decades, Dr. Troutwine has worked with professional athletes and coaches in the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLL, NCAA and soldiers and leaders in the US Military on improving individual and team mental performance. The insights gained from all this experience are leveraged in these sections for your benefit.
The headings in each section of this report are important. These are listed below and then a more detailed explanation follows in each section along with your personalized results.
Competitive Nature - Athletic performance is often affected by your views and approach towards competition. Read this section carefully so that you can be at your best at game or match time.
Coping Style - Consistency is another important attribute and much of this is affected by your thinking and feelings. The tips in this section can help you become a consistent performer.
Work Style - Getting the most out of practice and the off season should be another part of your plan for improvement. This section will offer important suggestions and insights.
Mental Characteristics - The mental part of athletics is important and concentration is a major part of this. You can train your mind, just like your body, but it takes practice. Work on the points mentioned in this paragraph.
Social Style – This will help you relate to coaches, trainers and fellow athletes.
Approach to Learning – Your results should indicate the ways you relate to different kinds of information and problems.
Read your results in this report many times. Read it twice when your first receive it, so the comments sink in. Then pick other times to read it, like before a big game or after the season. It is helpful to summarize your report in your own words. You can do this by telling someone else or writing it in a personal journal. Use a highlighter to select tips or recommendations. Then, rank order these and pick one or more to begin on. List these on the goal worksheet. Create a goal under each heading and a plan to achieve the goal. Include a timeline for each step in your plan. Write these down on the worksheet. If you disagree with a comment, ask others for their opinion. Sometimes you will discover a “blind-spot.” These are often the tendencies that hold people back the most, because you are unaware of these.
Finally, if you want to take your game to the next level, you will want to hone your mental game. My partners at The Right Profile and I built out the TAP Mental Gym™ to help athletes like you develop a champion’s mindset to fulfill your highest potential. Learn more in the Mental Gym™ section of this report.
Best of luck in your athletic career,
Dr. Robert Troutwine
Chief Psychologist, The Right Profile
An athlete’s competitive nature is often described by people in many ways. It includes desire, passion, wanting to win and motivation or drive. While all of this sounds good, too much of this can cause an athlete to be out of balance if other impact factors are not present. It’s not enough to want to win, despite what your coach might tell you. Put another way, there are many athletes who wish or hope they will win. Competitive nature is a bit different. It is intending to win or something along the lines of 'taking care of business'. It also includes things like pushing yourself when you don’t feel like doing something. You also have to maintain that balance between having a sense of urgency and being patient. The urgency part is things like wanting to take action and showing initiative. The patience part is things like being determined, diligent and persistent.
An athlete’s coping style is made up of many dimensions and characteristics. It includes how you handle pressure and disappointment. It includes your natural reaction when things don’t go right during competition. Some athletes might hit the panic button while others want to give up hope. A good deal of this factor is based on your emotional makeup. It also includes your confidence and how you perceive certain situations. For instance, you might be easily threatened because you size up a situation a certain way. Other athletes might react very differently to the same situation. They might decide that it is not worth worrying about or that they know they will take care of it. Your coping style can slowly change over time without you realizing it. Some of it is due to your upbringing and life experiences. As you encounter new experiences, these make an impact on you and can change the way you see the world and cope with things. Successful athletes know how to control their emotions instead of letting their emotions control them.
Work style is the most misunderstood of the TAP factors. Many people jump to the conclusion that this means work ethic or how hard you work. Work style has more to do with your approach to tackling assignments. For example, you might need to do a better job of planning. Perhaps you’re not organized or effective at time management. You might also be unrealistic or impractical. If this describes your approach it does not mean you aren’t working hard. It means that you’re not getting the most out of your effort. Everyone knows that athletes must be devoted not just during the season but all the time. This factor may also help you develop the right work habits to be more effective in school. As you already know, you can spend many hours on an assignment or studying for a test and end up with a disappointing grade. It’s easy to blame the teacher but when this happens you might ask yourself if you could have approached the assignment a different way. The same thing applies to how you practice and condition in the off-season. You might be the loyal to your routine but you end up getting stuck in a rut. In conclusion, this factor assumes you’re already working fairly hard. It addresses how to get the most out of your effort.
Mental characteristics is not your intelligence or how well you did on the questions with right or wrong answers on the TAP survey. In your report, you will probably see a comment about focus or concentration. Successful athletes are able to avoid distraction. They are also able to adapt their focus to fit the situation. Sometimes you need to zero in on a target, have a narrow focus. Other times you need 'eyes in the back of your head' and to be able to see the whole court or field. The mental characteristics factor also considers how well you adjust or adapt. You might have a favorite move you always go to instead of being more flexible with adjustments. Also, you might have a preferred way of learning things. You might prefer to get the overview or big picture first and then fill in the details. Conversely, you might be the opposite. You might feel that it’s better if your coach gives you the facts and later on you will connect the dots. This is why you might want to share this part and other parts of your report with your mentors, teammates and coaches.
Poor alignment of one’s strengths, working style, and values to the work involved in a given career will at a minimum lead to dissatisfaction, and often can lead to depression or a critical need to change careers after investing years in education and work experience. The challenge is to find a career path that maximizes the use of one’s natural talents and preferences. Sounds obvious right? What makes this especially challenging is that in many higher-level professional careers, the type of work changes from hour-to-hour, day-to-day and week-to-week.
Based upon Johnny’s profile results, this section details Johnny’s natural abilities, core values and preferred work environments, including the cultural factors and management styles that will lead to overall career satisfaction and a good fit for Johnny.
Johnny's natural abilities and talents, when utilized, help him to perform better and enjoy his job more. Also, his success is generally more dependent on leveraging and capitalizing on his strong points rather than focusing on his weak point - it's his strong points and natural abilities that will bring Johnny job satisfaction and success. Johnny has probably already experienced something like this: When the work he does in his job or in school aligns well with his natural abilities, things start to go easier, move more smoothly, and he feels better about what he is working on or studying. The results usually come out much better. The opposite is also true, when the work he does or the subject he is studying is not well aligned with his natural abilities, things feel more difficult, stress levels increase and results are not so good. The key here is 'alignment'. Because most professional jobs involve several different types of work, some of the work he does may be well aligned and some may not. If he can move himself into a career path where most of the work is aligned with his natural abilities, he will be more successful and more satisfied.
For maximum job satisfaction and success, his job and his work environment should align with his core values. The list below represents core values for his profile results.
Work that aligns well with the ‘go-to’ or preferred behaviors of Johnny's profile.
Aligning his work environment and the organization’s culture with his profile is also another important consideration in finding the right job. His profile prefers an environment where:
You will find these careers to be in close alignment with what Johnny's profile values and needs. These careers have been shown to provide those similar to Johnny’s profile the greatest amount of job satisfaction, success and rewards.
The work involved in these careers is NOT well aligned with what Johnny's profile needs for success and job satisfaction. These careers would force Johnny to work well outside of his comfort zone. These careers do not leverage the natural strengths of Johnny based upon his profile results.