Toward a conceptual understanding of the flow experience in elite athletes

Jackson S.A. (1996) Toward a conceptual understanding of the flow experience in elite athletes. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 67 1: 76-90. doi:10.1080/02701367.1996.10607928

Author Jackson S.A.
Title Toward a conceptual understanding of the flow experience in elite athletes
Journal name Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2168-3824
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02701367.1996.10607928
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 67
Issue 1
Start page 76
End page 90
Total pages 15
Language eng
Subject 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
2727 Nephrology
Abstract An in-depth investigation into flow state was conducted in order to understand how this optimal state is experienced by elite athletes. Twenty-eight elite-level athletes, representing 7 sports, were interviewed on their perceptions of flow state during performance of their sport. Csikszentmihalyi’s (1990) model of the flow state was examined for its applicability to elite athletes. Correspondence was found between the dimensions of flow, as described, by Csikszentmihalyi (1990), and the athletes descriptions of their experience of flow; some dimensions received greater support through the qualitative analysis of the athletes’ descriptions than did other dimensions. Those dimensions of flow most represented across the group’s data were the autotelic experience of flow, total concentration on the task at hand, merging of action and awareness, and the paradox of control. The analyses provided a detailed, sport-specific picture of flow state in elite athletes.
Keyword Elite athletes
Flow dimensions
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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