How does mood effect combat performance?

Baxter, Claire J (2014). How does mood effect combat performance? Master's Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Baxter, Claire J
Thesis Title How does mood effect combat performance?
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2014-10-22
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Cliff Mallett
Total pages 85
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary The current study is a qualitative investigation into the psychobiosocial meta-experiences of combat. Seven elite judokas and wrestlers were interviewed about their thoughts, feelings and movement before and during self-nominated best, worst and ideal performances. The combatants were also interviewed about their perceptions of the effect of mood on performance. Results show that athletes perceived certain mood states to be either facilitative or debilitative to performance. Facilitative mood states included calmness of mind and confidence. Debilitative mood states included anger and low confidence. The findings of the current study add descriptive information to previous findings about the importance of confidence to performance. The findings of the current study challenge the results of previous studies that suggest that anger plays a facilitative role in combat sports. Implications for practice and possible directions for future investigations are discussed.
Keyword Combat performance

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