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The measurement of competitive anxiety during balance beam performance in gymnasts.
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PMID:  16368625     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the present study was to investigate competitive anxiety during balance beam performance in gymnasts. Competitive anxiety was assessed continuously by heart rate monitoring and by retrospective self-report of nervousness in eight female national level gymnasts during their balance beam routine during one competition and two training sessions. A significant negative correlation was found between the score of the retrospective self-report of nervousness and performance during the routine. There were no significant differences in performance score by the judges between the three test sessions. There were also no differences in the retrospective self-report of nervousness. However, heart rate was significantly higher during the competition session than during the training sessions. The potential value of the retrospective report of nervousness for the study of critical events during gymnastic performance is illustrated. The results are discussed in the light of catastrophe theory.
Jorge Cottyn; Dirk De Clercq; Jean-Louis Pannier; Geert Crombez; Matthieu Lenoir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0264-0414     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-21     Completed Date:  2006-05-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Movement and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Gymnastics / psychology*
Heart Rate
Monitoring, Physiologic
Retrospective Studies
Self Disclosure

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