| Published: March 26, 2015
Contemporary Issue in Sport Psychology
Sports psychologists have long believed that high levels of competitive state anxiety during competition are harmful, worsening performance and even leading to dropout. The instrument used for the study comprised of a 27-item Competitive State Anxiety Inventory–2 and The Psychological Performance Inventory which had been distributed during sport between universities competition. The sample consisted of 119 football players, including the national athletes (N=37), state athletes (N=23), district athletes (N=23) and university athletes (N= 36). The results showed that elite or national football athletes exhibited lower levels of competitive state anxiety, F (3, 119) = 18.441, p < .01. The result also showed that the exits of negative correlation between competitive state anxiety and sport performance among football players, (r = -0.77; p<0.05). Sport psychologists, sport counselors and coaches should use the present findings to recommend coping strategies to university and district level athletes that are appropriate for dealing with their athletes’ competitive state anxiety.
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© 2015 I V Parnabas
Received: February 11, 2015; Revision Received: February 28, 2015; Accepted: March 26, 2015
Published in Special Issues of Volume 2, Issue 2, 2015