Pre-competitive and competitive cognition and affect in collegiate wrestlers

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Robert C. Eklund (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Daniel Gould

Abstract: This investigation had two purposes. The first purpose was to partially replicate the Gould, Eklund and Jackson (1990) investigation of psychological factors associated with best and worst matches of 1988 U.S. Olympic wrestlers with a sample of collegiate wrestlers. The second purpose of this investigation was to extend these and other cross-sectional or episodic findings by following the collegiate wrestlers longitudinally to examine an array of performance levels. Qualitative data were collected from seven NCAA Division I wrestlers via in-depth retrospective interviews concerning all-time best and worst performances as well as four to eight season performances. These data were analyzed according to the general recommendations of Scanlan, Ravizza and Stein (1989) and Gould et al. (1990) including the use of consensual validation. Five dimensions or general issues emerged in this data as salient. These included affect, focus, cognitive content, confidence issues, and sources of motivation.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Wrestling $x Psychological aspects
Athletics $x Psychological aspects

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