Do positive emotions reduce interfering thoughts in youth sport performers?

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Sports Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Number of pages1
EditionSupplement 2
ISBN (Electronic)1466-447X
ISBN (Print)0264-0414
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • positive emotions
  • emotion
  • young athletes
  • sports performance
  • sport


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