Emotions correlate with perceived mental effort and concentration disruption in adult sport performers

Mark S. Allen, Marc Jones, Paul McCarthy, Sam Sheehan-Mansfield, David Sheffield

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Abstract

Two studies explored the relationship between emotions, perceived mental effort and concentration disruption in adult sport performers. In Study 1, semi-professional association football players completed questionnaire measures before and after a competitive match. In Study 2, student athletes completed questionnaire measures for two performance scenarios: one in which they were performing above their normal level and one in which they were performing below their normal level. Findings demonstrated that cognitive trait anxiety was associated with greater disruptions in concentration but was unrelated to mental effort.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-706
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Volume13
Issue number6
Early online date20 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • emotions
  • positive psychology
  • sport psychology

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