Making a splash: mood responses and swimming performance

Terry, Peter C. and Janover, M. A. and Diment, G. M. (2004) Making a splash: mood responses and swimming performance. In: 39th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2004, 29 Sept - 03 Oct 2004, Sydney, Australia.

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[Abstract]: The relationship between mood and swimming performance was investigated in three studies. In Study 1, pre-competition mood scores of 354 age group swimmers (193 males, 161 females, M = 13.9 yr., SD = 1.7 yr.) were used to predict performance, which was self-referenced against personal best time and time goals. Mood scores predicted 24% of performance variance, with low depression and low fatigue the best indicators of good performance. Good performances could be correctly classified in 81% of cases. Methods were replicated in Study 2 among 348 swimmers (199 males, 149 females, M = 13.9 yr., SD = 1.8 yr.). Again, mood scores predicted 24% of performance variance, with depression and fatigue the best predictors. Good performances could be correctly classified in 83% of cases. In Study 3, 24 swimmers (7 males, 17 females, M = 12.8 yr., SD = 2.1 yr.) were assessed over 4 – 10 swimming competitions. Idiographic analyses revealed highly individualised relationships between mood and swimming performance. Specifically, mood scores explained between 1% and 86% of performance variance across individual swimmers. Overall, results generally supported the proposals of a theoretical model, which emphasises the pivotal role of depressed mood. Swimming performance appears to be mood-dependent but individual differences are substantial.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only presented and deposited here, according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Katsikitis, Mary (Ed.) (2004). Proceedings of the 39th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (pp. 227-228). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 0-909881-25-1.'
Depositing User: Prof Peter Terry
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2008 06:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: mood; swimmers; swimming performance
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4421

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