The Effect of Associative and Dissociative Strategies on Rowing Ergometer Performance

in The Sport Psychologist
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This study outlined the implementation and evaluation of one associative and two dissociative coping strategies on rowing ergometer performance. Participants were 9 novice varsity rowers who performed a 40-min ergometer workout in 10 separate experimental sessions. At each workout participants were requested to row as far as possible in 40 min. A multiple-baseline design was utilized, which after varying amounts of baseline permitted implementing an associative or dissociative strategy for each participant. These strategies included associative, dissociative-video, and dissociative-music. Results indicated that performance improved under all conditions for all participants but that the greatest gains were found in the associative condition.

Lorna M. Scott and David Scott are with the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 4440, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5A3. Sonja P. Bedic and Joseph Dowd are with the Faculty of Physical Education at Brock University, St. Catharine’s, ON, L2S 3A1, Canada.

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