Sunday, June 2, 2019
Sport Psychology :: essays research papers
A Summary ofThe Psychosocial Characteristics of Olympic Track and Field AthletesFortunately, it was quite a simple task to find a research topic related to the material that we have covered so far in sport psychology. After some quick searching, we ran across a rather interesting article written in the International Journal of Sport Psychology that could obviously be useful. Conveniently, it was in the most recent emersion of this particular journal available in the Evansdale Library.Entitled, Psychosocial Characteristics of Olympic Track and Field Athletes, this article happened to be one that we could easily relate too. Because both of us be runners, we share a definite commonality with the subjects of the study. This is true, even though neither of us will actually make it to the Olympics to perform at the subjects standards. At least, though, it is attainable to relate highly to these interesting muckle.Basically, the purpose of this particular study was to identify the spec ific personality characteristics of 15 Olympic caliber track and field athletes. Certainly, several(prenominal) people, especially sport psychologists, would like to know if there are specific attitudes and personalities that belong to the topnotch athletes of the world. Pretty simple request, right? Or at least it sounds that way. To perform this experiment, each of the athletes was asked six standardized questions. For instance, one of the questions focused directly on the subject of How do you prepare for a competition. The athletes responses to these questions were recorded articulate for word and analyzed for content.Interestingly enough, typical themes could be found throughout their responses. For example, some of the athletes would mention that a higher power was some how related to everything that they have done. The people performing this study would relate this to the category of spiritual/ religious factors. Also, a couple of the runners claimed that their lives were co mpletely based on the theme of mental skills and attitudes such as hard work and perseverance. It was very easy to notice that these themes appeared time after time, for each question answered by the same person. The researchers concluded that these emerging themes play an principal(prenominal) role in the psychological development of each athlete. While it isnt a direct correlation, the work these researchers have done could be somewhat related to developments in psychological skills training.