Based on research, superb athletes have been found to have several traits and tendencies in common. These personal attributes contribute to excellence. This report compares Johnny’s TAP responses to those of elite athletes. This report will give you better insight into Johnny’s athletic profile and suggest steps to help him realize his fullest potential. These comments should help you assist Johnny in outlining a plan to improve and strengthen his sport performance along with other enhancement that go beyond athletics. This report is intended to be a complete, stand-alone product but can also be a powerful component to the team subscription in which the Athlete, the Coach and the Parent/Guardian receive reports targeted to the most important stakeholders in Johnny’s sports career.
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. The survey Johnny completed was the most up-to-date and refined edition of the TAP survey.
An important consideration to keep in mind is that Johnny is being compared to professional athletes, top college athletes as well as his peers. Over 30,000 of the athletes in our database consist of players who not only excelled in high school and college athletics but were also considered prospects to become professional players by pro scouts. Also keep in mind that many of these athletes were 21 years or older when they took the TAP.
It is possible Johnny will compare favorably to these elite athletes. It is also possible you might be surprised or disappointed if Johnny is described as average or needing improvement in some areas. The purpose for this report is to guide you in helping Johnny sharpen important competitive and life skills and help him enjoy his athletic experience, no matter his age or physical talent. Knowing the ways you can support his improvement is the first step. Not everyone wants to learn that perhaps the way they were supporting Johnny was counter productive. We commend you for taking this first step.
Taking the TAP alone won’t make Johnny better. It is like thinking that if you buy an exercise bike for Johnny, he will be in top condition. Johnny has to ride the bike to get in better shape. Thus, the second step is for you to help Johnny establish a game plan for reaching goals aimed at improving his mental skills by using the results and suggestions in this report.
Dr. Robert Troutwine
Chief Psychologist, The Right Profile
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|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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Developmental Mindset Indicator
The commentary in these sections is written by Dr. Robert Troutwine. Each sentence is formulated based upon Johnny’s TAP results.
The headings in each of the sections below are important. These are listed below and then a more detailed explanation follows in each section along with Johnny’s results.
Personal Nature - This section describes Johnny's inner makeup. Some of this may not be obvious to the casual observer.
Relationships - This section describes Johnny's social style and needs.
Motivation & Interests - Johnny's motivational makeup and related interests are described in this section.
Mental Characteristics - This section describes Johnny's cognitive style and aptitude for specific kinds of reasoning.
Practice Habits – This section describes the approach Johnny typically takes when tackling assignments and other tasks. It has more to do with efficacy than effort or work ethic.
Performance – Johnny's tendencies when performing and competing are described in this section.
Use the Sports Psychology Commentary sections for athletes that need special attention (such as those with disciplinary or other behavioral issues) or those that are critically important to the team (such as your captain(s) and most physically talented athletes).
These sections are designed for reference on the relevant subject matters on an as-needed basis.
Read the commentary in the relevant section many times, so the comments sink in. It is helpful to summarize this report in your own words. Write down (or use a highlighter if printed) to select tips or recommendations you want to try with Johnny. Then, rank order these and pick one or more to begin on.
Best wishes in coaching Johnny,
Dr. Robert Troutwine
Chief Psychologist, The Right Profile
This section will describe Johnny’s personal outlook, emotional makeup and other personal tendencies.Think of this as an inner view of Johnny.
This section describes social needs like desired closeness, affiliation and preferred relationship with his coach.It also mentions Johnny’s level of social comfort.
This section covers many theories of motivation.Some theories focus on the types of rewards that motivate people.Other theories are known as drive or need theories and show that for instance, if a person has a high need for approval they will be motivated to please others.Johnny’s needs will be described and the type of rewards that are important to him.Also, his interests will be described, based on the theory that people are more motivated when the task is interesting to them.All of these theories have been supported in both lab and field studies.This means you are putting the best theories to practice.
Johnny has a dominant approach to handling work and completing assignments.For most people there is room for improvement no matter how much effort is put into a task.This section will describe Johnny’s approach and suggest ways you can help him improve on effectiveness.
Knowing Johnny’s cognitive style can help you assist in the learning process and help him relate to things.Cognitive style includes the way he typically thinks about things.This includes whether he is a decisive person, quick to draw a conclusion or more cautious.It also includes the typical way he goes about solving problems. For instance, you may find that Johnny is more adept at processing one kind of information, like words and sentences, than another kind of information, like numbers.
This includes his potential to be a consistent performer.It also describes his reaction to a mistake during competition and other tendencies including enjoyment of prolonged competition.
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.