What is it about?

Show jumping is a high-risk sport, and the ability to overcome adversities is considered a necessity for long term riders. This study analyses different sources of resilience within show jumping riders and helps to understand how these athletes may improve their resilient abilities using past experiences as learning opportunities,

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Why is it important?

Resilience is a topic analyzed within many sports, but rarely in equestrian activities. This study brings clarification on how show jumping athletes may improve resilient abilities, and on how further research may benefit these athletes.


This study brings a perspective of growth, not only as athletes but as individuals. Results show that the ability to overcome adversities is not merely a trait, but can be acquired with psychological strategies, that can be practiced by each of us. It is under our control to recover and to be better in all aspects of our lives. This and other studies may help us to achieve our goals, by knowing it is up to us to be who we want to be.

Horacio Iungano
University of Edinburgh

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This page is a summary of: Relationship between performance strategies, resilience qualities, riding experience and competitive performance of show jumping riders, Comparative Exercise Physiology, February 2019, Wageningen Academic Publishers,
DOI: 10.3920/cep180019.
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