Chapter 17. Psychological Characteristics of Athletes and their Responses to Sport-Related Stressors

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. John S. Raglin PhD1 and
  2. Gregory Wilson PED2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch17

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Raglin, J. S. and Wilson, G. (2008) Psychological Characteristics of Athletes and their Responses to Sport-Related Stressors, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch17

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315

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Keywords:

  • psychological characteristics of athletes;
  • personality characteristics and athletic performance;
  • motivational characteristics of athletes;
  • sport and exercise-based theories of motivation;
  • psychological responses to stress of athletic training;
  • mood state, overload training, and staleness syndrome;
  • psychological responses to stress of athletic competition and pre-competition anxiety;
  • optimal anxiety zone

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Personality characteristics and athletic performance

  • Motivational characteristics of athletes

  • Sport and exercise-based theories of motivation

  • Psychological responses to the stress of athletic training: mood state, overload training, and the staleness syndrome

  • Psychological responses to the stress of athletic competition: pre-competition anxiety

  • Determining the optimal anxiety zone

  • Cognitive strategies during the stress of endurance events: association and dissociation

  • Summary

  • References