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Barbara Teetor Waite, Bruce Gansneder and Robert J. Robert

This study represents a first step in the development and validation of a measure of sport-specific self-acceptance. Phase 1 of this study involved instrument design and pilot testing. In Phase 2 a random sample of Division I collegiate athletes (N=131) were asked to complete the Self-Acceptance Scale for Athletes (SASA) as well as measures of general self-acceptance self-esteem, stability of self-concept, and sport-specific self-description (i.e., perceived competence/adequacy). Test-retest coefficients ranged from 62 to .75 and alpha coefficients ranged from .58 to .80. Factor analysis suggests two factors, independence of self-regard and self-accepting self-regard representing the two dimensions of self-acceptance measured in the SASA. Scores on the SASA have moderate correlations with general self-acceptance, self-esteem, and stability of self-concept. A significantly stronger relationship between self-esteem and perceived competence/adequacy than between self-acceptance and perceived competence/adequacy suggests that the SASA is able to discriminate between these closely related constructs

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Ronald E. Smith, Robert W. Schutz, Frank L. Smoll and J.T. Ptacek

Confirmatory factor analysis was used as the basis for a new form of the Athletic Coping Skills Inventory (ACSI). The ACSI-28 contains seven sport-specific subscales: Coping With Adversity, Peaking Under Pressure, Goal Setting/Mental Preparation, Concentration, Freedom From Worry, Confidence and Achievement Motivation, and Coachability. The scales can be summed to yield a Personal Coping Resources score, which is assumed to reflect a multifaceted psychological skills construct. Confirmatory factor analyses demonstrated the factorial validity of the ACSI-28, as the seven subscales conform well to the underlying factor structure for both male and female athletes. Psychometric characteristics are described, and preliminary evidence for construct and predictive validity is presented.

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Nathan A. Reis, Kent C. Kowalski, Amber D. Mosewich and Leah J. Ferguson

experience and minimize attrition rates. One construct that has been associated with easing sport-specific setbacks and challenges is self-compassion, which is a warm and accepting way of treating oneself in the face of difficult experiences ( Neff, 2003a , 2003b ). Comprised of self-kindness, common

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Stefanie Hüttermann, Paul R. Ford, A. Mark Williams, Matyas Varga and Nicholas J. Smeeton

participation. In this study, we developed a method that can be used to determine visual attentional and perceptual capabilities while performing a sport-specific decision-making task. The need to make quick and accurate decisions is integral to expert performance, particularly in team sports (e.g.,  Raab, 2003

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Jamie Taber and Kat Longshore

me doubtful that that was actually the case. As a result, I suggested to my supervisor that this could be a good population to work with in our research and intervention. Throughout the process of creating and implementing the workshop, my contributions largely consisted of the sport-specific

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Justine Chatterton, Trent A. Petrie, Keke L. Schuler and Camilo Ruggero

environment pressures about weight and performance ( Petrie & Greenleaf, 2012b ). These general and sport-specific pressures are similar to those experienced by female athletes, though with an additional focus on having a physique that is defined by muscle mass, strength, and leanness. Across several studies

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Stefanie Klatt and Nicholas J. Smeeton

either respond verbally or via a sport-specific motor reaction (attacking movement). In general, beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players each, with a net dividing both teams. The players’ aim is to ground the ball on the opponent’s side of the court and simultaneously prevent

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Jordan D. Herbison, Luc J. Martin and Mustafa Sarkar

review see, Howells et al., 2017 ), contextualizing responses in relation to a consistent, sport-specific adversity could offer an informative perspective pertaining to athletic achievement. Professional ice hockey provides a unique context to examine adversity that results from nonnormative transitions

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Brad Donohue, Yulia Gavrilova, Marina Galante, Elena Gavrilova, Travis Loughran, Jesse Scott, Graig Chow, Christopher P. Plant and Daniel N. Allen

considered when developing sport-specific mental health interventions ( Breslin et al., 2017 ). Along these lines, there is a need to empirically adapt evidence-based mental health interventions to be tailored to athletes and inclusive of significant others ( Donohue, Pitts, Gavrilova, Ayarza, & Cintron