Psychological correlates of training load among athletes

Terry, Peter C. and Galambos, Sandor A. and West, Jared and Iizuka, Cristina A. (2007) Psychological correlates of training load among athletes. In: 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007, 25-29 Sept 2007, Brisbane, Australia.


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Excessive training loads have been identified as a risk factor for injury among athletes, although psychological monitoring may help to ameliorate this risk. As part of an investigation of injury prevention, the present study assessed relationships between perceived stress and recovery, mood responses, and physical training load for 60 athletes (male = 31, female = 29) from basketball, golf, hockey, and rowing over a period of up to 16 weeks. Training duration and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded daily while the Brunel Mood Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes (RESTQ) were completed weekly. Training load was calculated as training duration x RPE. Collectively, psychological indices predicted 24.3% of training load variance. Best predictors were RESTQ scores for physical complaints, success, social recovery, physical recovery, emotional exhaustion, and self-efficacy. Younger athletes reported more positive mood responses, less perceived stress and more positive RESTQ scores. Females reported higher training loads, more positive RESTQ scores, and more positive mood responses. Type of sport differences were identified for almost all psychological indices. Results showed that psychological indices are reflective of training load and may play an important role in injury prevention.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Moore, Kate (Ed.) (2007). Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 978-0-909881-33-7.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 06:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: training loads; athletes; injury; psychology; psychological
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology

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