The present study was under taken to investigate comparative effects of autogenic and Visuo Motor Behavior Rehearsal (VBMR) training on mental toughness of team games players. Thirty (30) male football and handball players with age group 18 to 24 years from Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, North East Regional Centre, Guwahati were purposively selected and all the subjects were divided randomly into three groups, each group consisting of 10 subjects. First experimental group (Handball players) under gone VMBR training and second experimental group (Football players) experienced autogenic training whereas control group was not involved in any training program except their daily routine and experimental groups trained three times a week. Psychological Performance Inventory developed by Loehr, J.E. (1986) was used to measure the mental toughness of handball and football players and data were taken at the beginning and after the experimental period of eight weeks. Descriptive statistics, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) as statistical techniques were employed. Further Bonferroni post hoc means comparison was also used when F value was found significant.
The main effect for the treatment groups were significant at 0.05 level of significance for mental toughness; F= 89.878, p=0.00, p<0.05 with effect size.87. It indicates that there was a statistically significant difference in adjusting mean scores of experimental groups and control group. Post hoc results showed that difference between the VMBR group and Autogenic group 8.10, VMBR group and Control group 34.79, Autogenic group and control group 26.68 were significant at 0.05 level of significance. It may, therefore, be said that subjects of Autogenic Training Group and VMBR trining group were found to have significantly higher mental toughness as compared of Control Group. Further on the whole it may be said that Subjects of VMBR Training Group were found to have significantly higher mental toughness as compared to their counter parts of Autogenic Training Group and Control Group.