Cognitive characteristics of expert, middle of the pack, and back of the pack ultra-endurance triathletes

Baker, Joseph, Cote, Jean and Deakin, Janice (2005) Cognitive characteristics of expert, middle of the pack, and back of the pack ultra-endurance triathletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6 5: 551-558. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2004.04.005


Author Baker, Joseph
Cote, Jean
Deakin, Janice
Title Cognitive characteristics of expert, middle of the pack, and back of the pack ultra-endurance triathletes
Journal name Psychology of Sport and Exercise   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-0292
1878-5476
Publication date 2005-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.psychsport.2004.04.005
Volume 6
Issue 5
Start page 551
End page 558
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Abstract Objectives The purpose of this study was to examine cognitive differences between expert and non-expert UE triathletes. Design Twenty-one UE triathletes were stratified according to finishing times into three groups; experts (<9.5 h), middle of the pack (not, vert, similar12.5 h), and back of the pack triathletes (>14.0 h). Methods Cognition was examined using a think-aloud protocol with the aid of a video montage of segments from an UE triathlon representing periods of high decision-making or cognition. Inductive qualitative analyses supported the classification of athlete cognitions as passive, active, or proactive. Results Expert triathletes reported a greater emphasis on thoughts related to their performance, while middle of the pack and back of the pack triathletes reported a greater number of passive thoughts. Furthermore, experts were more proactive in their approach to performance situations than mid- and back-pack triathletes. Conclusions Expert UE triathletes are cognitively different from non-experts, although future research is needed to determine the role these differences play in promoting expert performance.
Keyword Cognition
Performance
Expertise
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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