Metaphoric Description of Performance States: An Application of the IZOF Model

in The Sport Psychologist
View More View Less
  • 1 KIHU-Research Institute for Olympic Sports Jyväskylä, Finland
  • | 2 Lesgaft State Academy of Physical Education St-Petersburg, Russia
Restricted access

This study examined feeling states prior to, during, and after best ever and worst ever competition in 85 skilled Russian athletes using metaphor-generation method (Hanin, 2000). Six situations elicited 510 idiosyncratic and functionally meaningful metaphors (67% animate and 33% inanimate agents) and 922 interpretative descriptors. Metaphors and descriptors reflected high action readiness in best ever competition and low action readiness in worst ever competition. Athletes used different metaphors to describe their feelings prior to, during, and after performance. Accompanying idiosyncratic descriptors had multiple connotations with different components of psychobiosocial state. Aggregated content of descriptors had high scores on optimal and low scores on dysfunctional state characteristics in best ever competition but not in worst ever competition. Future research directions and practical implications are suggested.

Yuri L. Hanin is Professor & Senior Researcher at KIHU-Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Rautpohjankatu 6, Jyväskylä, 47000 Finland. E-mail: yhanin@kihu.jyu.fi. Natalia B. Stambulova is currently with the Department of Social and Health Services at Halmstad University, Box 823 301 18, Halmstad, Sweden.

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1432 439 70
Full Text Views 101 15 1
PDF Downloads 59 11 1