Is Mental or Physical More Important in Sport? (Infographic)

Experts have long debated about whether the body or the mind is more important in athletics. Those who argue that physical aspects are more important have a strong argument; whether the sport deals with speed, strength or flexibility, physical attributes matter. No matter how dedicated someone is, those who are too short will not be able to make it to the NBA. Likewise, strength matters in football, and one cannot make it as a lineman in the NFL without sufficient strength.

On the other hand, there have been countless athletes who possessed the physical attributes necessary to succeed who failed to make it to the top divisions of sports. Certain mental traits are necessary, and, according to those who argue that mental aspects are more important, one with the right physical tools will depend on their mental abilities to separate themselves. Further, mental strength is often enough to put in the work necessary to succeed at improving one’s strength or speed.

The infographic below looks at these two elements in sport as well the importance of focus, emotional strength, the effects of stress on performance and has great quotes from top athletes such as: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” –  Michael Jordan

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