A. R. Levy
Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: The mediating role of sports confidence
Levy, A. R.; Perry, J.; Nicholls, A. R.; Larkin, D.; Davies, J.
Professor Adam Nicholls A.Nicholls@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Psychology/ Leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching Group
Aim: This study explored the mediating role of sport confidence upon (1) sources of sport confidence-performance relationship and (2) imagery-performance relationship. Methods: Participants were 157 competitive athletes who completed state measures of confidence level/sources, imagery type and performance within one hour after competition. Results: Among the current sample, confirmatory factor analysis revealed appropriate support for the nine-factor SSCQ and the five-factor SIQ. Mediational analysis revealed that sport confidence had a mediating influence upon the achievement source of confidence-performance relationship. In addition, both cognitive and motivational imagery types were found to be important sources of confidence, as sport confidence mediated imagery type-performance relationship. Conclusion: Findings indicated that athletes who construed confidence from their own achievements and report multiple images on a more frequent basis are likely to benefit from enhanced levels of state sport confidence and subsequent performance.
Levy, A. R., Perry, J., Nicholls, A. R., Larkin, D., & Davies, J. (2015). Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: The mediating role of sports confidence. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 55(7-8), 835-844
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Deposit Date||Feb 29, 2016|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 29, 2016|
|Journal||Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness|
|Publisher||Edizioni Minerva Medica|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Confidence, Imagery, Athletic|
|Additional Information||Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, v.55, issue 7-8|
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