Background:The Sport Psychology is one of the training methods pillars, and its knowledge is important for sport performance and individual and emotional development. Resilience is an
aspect understudied in martial arts, however, it is very important and can be defined as the ability to overcome adversities. So, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the women’s resilience in
martial arts, comparing practitioners and non-practitioners.
Methods: A sample of 50 women was divided in martial arts’ practitioners of (MAP = 25 women) and non-practitioners (NMAP = 25), and paired by age. All the participants answered an
identification questions, with sociodemographic information and sports practice. Resilience level was measured by Wagnild & Young (1993) Resilience Scale, translated and validated to Portuguese
language, with the score varying to 0 to 175 (0 is no resilience and 175 the maximum resilience’ score). Statistical analysis was performed by using Test t Student.
Results: The women of both group had a mean age of 25 years old (SD=5.28, 19-39). MAP Group: time practice = 4.16 years and 20% were teachers of martial arts. NMAP Group: just 20%
practiced some sport. Resilience Scale: MAP’ score (150.5) was higher comparing with the NMAP’ score (129.32), with p<0,001.
Conclusions: With these results, we can observe that martial arts in women have a positive impact on resilience. So, the women who practice this physical activity can deal with some
success with any life adversities, reinforcing their resilience.