Perception of competitive anxiety in relation to cooperation level and sport commitment upon formative basketball players

J. Pons, Y. Ramis, A. Garcia-Mas, A. López de la Llave, M. C. Pérez-Llantada

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Abstract

© 2016: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Murcia Murcia (España). Competitive anxiety has been defined as an emotion that may negatively influence sport participation. Furthermore, group processes such as cooperation have also showed to be relevant for sport participation. Taking sport commitment as an indicator athletes' intention of sport participation, this study had the aim to (1) compare competitive anxiety, cooperation and sport commitment with some demographic factors such as gender, category and competition level; and (2) analyze the relations observed between competitive anxiety, cooperation and sport commitment. With this purpose, in this study participated 144 young basketball players between 13 and 17 years old (M = 14.05; SD = 1.72). Descriptive analysis showed distribution of each subscale for each demographic factor. Correlational analyses showed positive associations between sport cooperation and athletes commitment, and negative associations between competitive anxiety and some cooperation subscales. Competitive anxiety and sport commitment revealed few significant relations. Finally, results highlighted the importance of considering gender and category, but no competitive level, in the study of these variables. Results are discussed with relevant literature. Future studies should deepen on the new directions our results suggest, in order to obtain additional information of the relations considered between the three variables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
JournalCuadernos de Psicologia del Deporte
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Cooperation
  • Motivation
  • School
  • sport

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