Our emotions permeate our being, indelibly inscribed in every action in sport. Some athletes seize every advantage to perform well, especially to manage emotions and concentrate solely on a task. Concentrating, while so many distractions abound,challenges each athlete to control his/her emotions so they aid rather than hinder his/her performance. Researchers indicated that negative emotions (e.g.anxiety) disrupt how well athletes concentrate;however, positive emotions enhance concentration(Fredrickson & Branigan, 2005: Cognition and Emotion, 19, 313–332). This study examined the association between youth athletes’ emotions and interfering thoughts in sports.
- positive emotions
- young athletes
- sports performance
McCarthy, P. (2010). Do positive emotions reduce interfering thoughts in youth sport performers? In Journal of Sports Sciences (Supplement 2 ed., Vol. 27, pp. S46). Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640410903195819