My understanding of the unique demands on goalkeepers comes from discussions with Elite goalkeeping coaches, supporting a number of goalkeepers (from motivated youngster to elite professionals) and general observations that I’ve made.
As a goalkeeper you can be under immense pressure from yourself, from team-mates, coaches and supporters, as well as the outside world. Results can rest on you, one mistake and a goalkeeper can be heavily criticised by many people. The ability to withstand high levels of pressure and bounceback positively and quickly from errors, attributes associated with Mental Toughness and Resilience, goalkeepers simply must have if they are to succeed at the highest level.
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