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UNLV professor on coping with loss ahead of March Madness

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 14:26:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's time to fill out your brackets!

Aside from a couple play-in wild card games happening tomorrow and Wednesday, the team's are set for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. And with 64 teams in the big dance, only one will win, meaning a whopping 63 hopefuls will head home on a loss.

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So, how can players, teams and fans cope with loss when it comes to sports?

UNLV professor of psychology Brad Donohue said after a loss, the best thing to do is focus on the process, the journey and what went right.

"Immediately after a loss, it's really important to actually focus on the things that were done right, the things that were done optimally," said Donohue. "After the athlete's able to objectively think about it, to think about it, to be able to put it in perspective, then it's going to be useful."

That is often easier said than done, Donohue said, many athletes letting raw emotions cloud the journey but the most successful athletes are those who can cope from and learn from loss.