The effects of the psychological components of competition on reaction time in tennis

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Carol Plunkett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Celeste Ulrich

Abstract: Twenty-one women students enrolled in an intermediate tennis class were used as subjects in this study to determine the effects of certain psychic stressors inherent in competition on the discriminatory-reaction and movement time of the tennis forehand and backhand backswings. This time was measured with a specially constructed apparatus consisting of an electrical stimulus unit, a photo-electric response unit, and an electrical timing unit. A total of seven testings took place. The first three established the base conditions and the next four were the experimental conditions of individual competition, team competition, self-competition and spectator observation. A Fisher's "t" test was used as the statistical treatment to determine the significance of difference between the means of the base testings and the four experimental conditions, and between the means of the four experimental conditions.

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Language: English
Date: 1967

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