Precompetitive Emotions and Shooting Performance: The Mental Health and Zone of Optimal Function Models

in The Sport Psychologist
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This study tested the utility of Morgan’s (1980) Mental Health Model and Hanin’s (1980) Zone of Optimal Function Model in an ecologically valid environment. A sample of 12 high-performance adult clay-target shooters were tested over an entire competitive season. Precompetitive mood states were assessed using Schacham’s (1983) short version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS; McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1971). Results revealed partial support for Hanin’s model but no support for Morgan’s model. Discussion focuses on the importance of multiple assessments of precompetitive emotions, recognition of individual differences, and selection of a precise measure of sport performance.

This study was supported by a grant from the Applied Research Program of the Australian Sports Commission.

The authors are with the Department of Human Movement at The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, W.A. Australia 6009.

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