Overcoming Adversity

This Week in Mental Training: Acceptance to Overcome Adversity

Last week’s installment of “this week in mental training” discussed the use of purposeful routines as an effective way to manage effort and recovery throughout a competition.  Routines are useful for maintaining a present-minded focus especially when coupled with the mental skill of acceptance.


Individuals who are confident in themselves and their abilities exhibit high levels of acceptance for their shortcomings. Acceptance for events outside of one’s control in the present moment (past shots, rankings, and fixed personal attributes) results in greater effort and the ability to overcome adversity over the course of a career. Effective athletes train themselves to have “a short memory” (a.k.a. acceptance) for mistakes in order to become fully immersed in the present moment once again. Lack of acceptance leads to wasted energy and attention which serves as a drain to the pursuit of long-term goals.

Please reach out to us for further information regarding individualized training to maximize the performance of your student-athlete as we continue to pursue our mission: “to assist the long-term development of our student-athletes by creating a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition, and self-evaluation … resulting in a community of excellence!”

All the best,

Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M. (matt.cuccaro@juniorsports.com)


Scott Swainston, M.S. (scott.swainston@juniorsports.com)

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Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M.

Matt Cuccaro is the Director of Mental Training at Junior Sports Corporation (JSC) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Since joining JSC in 2006, Matt has trained numerous American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Americans, IJGT champions, as well as PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players from around the world. He received his Masters of Education in Counseling/Sport Psychology from Boston University and is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  Follow Matt on Twitter at @MentalCoachMatt  



Scott Swainston

Scott Swainston is in his third year at Junior Sports Corporation as the Assistant Director of Mental Training.  His experience started at Georgia Southern University where he received his Master’s degree in Sport Psychology.  While at Southern he worked with collegiate student-athletes on the mental aspect of high performance in a variety of sports.  His experience has continued since joining JSC, working with athletes who compete at the junior, amateur, and professional level.  In addition to his responsibilities at the Academies Scott works closely with the International Junior Golf Tour; traveling to tournaments to work with players from all over the world on their mental approach to the game.  Scott continues to be an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  You can Follow Scott Swainston on Twitter at @ScottSwainston