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Characteristics of Polar Opposites: An Exploratory Investigation of Choking-Resistant and Choking-Susceptible Athletes

Mesagno, Christopher and Marchant, Daryl (2012) Characteristics of Polar Opposites: An Exploratory Investigation of Choking-Resistant and Choking-Susceptible Athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (1). pp. 72-91. ISSN 1041-3200 (print) 1533-1571 (online)

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Abstract

The current research provides an assessment of performance under pressure by deliberately investigating responses of athletes who are polar opposite. Forty-six female netball players were screened to sample choking-resistant and choking-susceptible athletes. The eight selected participants then completed 180 netball shots in a single-case A1-B-A2 design (A phases = low-pressure and B phase = high-pressure), with follow-up interviews. Under pressure, choking-resistant participants improved their performance by using task-focus and avoidance-cognitive coping, whereas choking-susceptible participants suffered from performance decrements often applying emotion-focused and approach-cognitive coping. Researchers should further explore the unique characteristics of choking-resistant athletes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26665, ResPubID25572, performance, emotion-focused, approach-cognitive, high-pressure, choking, anxiety, sport psychology, quantitative research, qualitative inquiry, behavioral responses, coping strategies, cognitions
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Phung.T Tran
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 01:08
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2014 04:10
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23714
DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2012.664605
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