Anxiety, ego depletion, and sports performance


Englert, Christoph ; Bertrams, Alex


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Additional URL: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/231741890_...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume: 34
Issue number: 5
Page range: 580-599
Place of publication: Champaign, Ill.
Publishing house: Human Kinetics Publ.
ISSN: 0895-2779 , 1543-2904
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Pädagogische Psychologie (Dickhäuser)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: In the present article, we analyzed the role of self-control strength and state anxiety in sports performance. We tested the hypothesis that self-control strength and state anxiety interact in predicting sports performance on the basis of two studies, each using a different sports task (Study 1: performance in a basketball free throw task, N = 64; Study 2: performance in a dart task, N = 79). The patterns of results were as expected in both studies: Participants with depleted self-control strength performed worse in the specific tasks as their anxiety increased, whereas there was no significant relation for participants with fully available self-control strength. Furthermore, different degrees of available self-control strength did not predict performance in participants who were low in state anxiety, but did in participants who were high in state anxiety. Thus increasing self-control strength could reduce the negative anxiety effects in sports and improve athletes' performance under pressure.

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Englert, Christoph ; Bertrams, Alex (2012) Anxiety, ego depletion, and sports performance. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology Champaign, Ill. 34 5 580-599 [Article]


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