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