Australian elite tennis juniors’ perceptions of the importance of mental skills

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Young, Janet ORCID: 0000-0002-0040-0691 (2008) Australian elite tennis juniors’ perceptions of the importance of mental skills. Medicine and Science in Tennis, 13 (2). pp. 28-31. ISSN 1567-2352

Abstract

Elite junior tennis players’ perceptions of the importance of mental skills were investigated in a study commissioned by Tennis Victoria. Eight junior boys aged 13 to 17 years and seven girls aged 12 to16 years comprising an elite training squad at Melbourne Park responded to a questionnaire. Reponses to ratings of the importance of mental and physical factors, and key mental skills for success were recorded, together with the time devoted to mental preparation prior to important matches and explanations for match losses. While mental factors and skills were strongly endorsed, no gender differences were found in these endorsements or in the time devoted to mental preparation. Losses in important matches were generally attributed to mental factors. Results were interpreted in terms of the maturity of players and shared exposure to the State coach’s training methods and program. Future directions in tennis mental skills research are highlighted.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7696
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID22501. concentration skills, determination, commitment, self confidence, anxiety, stress, motivation, elite junior tennis players, choking, optimal performances, Australia, Tennis Victoria
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