Anxiety responses and psychological skill use during the time leading up to competition: theory to practice I

THOMAS, O., HANTON, S. and MAYNARD, I. (2007). Anxiety responses and psychological skill use during the time leading up to competition: theory to practice I. Journal of applied sport psychology, 19 (4), 379-397.

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    Abstract

    This study investigated temporal responses associated with competitive anxiety in athletes with facilitative and debilitative interpretations of their anxiety symptoms. Qualitative interviews assessed the intensity, frequency, and direction of cognitive and somatic symptoms experienced during a 7-day competitive cycle and the psychological strategies used to attain/maintain a positive psychological state. Analysis indicated three distinct temporal phases within the competitive cycle during which the intensity and frequency of cognitive and somatic symptoms increased. The facilitators utilized a refined repertoire of psychological skills to internally control and re-interpret the cognitive and somatic symptoms experienced. The debilitators did not possess this refined repertoire of psychological skills and relied on external strategies to stabilize the negative symptoms experienced. The findings emphasize the dynamic properties of the stress response and provide a framework for the structure, timing, and content of psychological skills interventions for use with performers who interpret anxiety symptoms as debilitative.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200701599132
    Page Range: 379-397
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2008
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 12:44
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/638

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