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ERIC Number: ED107660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 13
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Optimal Pre-Competition Emotional Arousal of High School Football Players.
Klavora, Peter
A popular belief among leading sport psychologists has been that optimal performance of specific tasks in athletics is associated with different optimal emotional arousal levels of performers. This study was undertaken to test this generalization by examining possible differences in precompetition emotional arousal level of football players who were assigned to different playing positions and whose subsequent game performance was rated optimal. The subjects of the study were three junior and seven senior high school football teams. The precompetition emotional arousal of all subjects was measured by the Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory (STAI), which asks subjects to indicate how they feel at a particular moment. The test was usually administered within minutes of actual competition. After the game, the performance of each subject was evaluated subjectively by the respective coaches on a three-point scale. No significant differences were found between elevations in pregame emotional arousal in subjects playing different positions in high school football competition. (Author/JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory