Anxiety and volleyball performance in a real testing situation: Gender differences in competitive environments

Englert, Chris; Seiler, Roland (2020). Anxiety and volleyball performance in a real testing situation: Gender differences in competitive environments. Educational psychology, 40(6), pp. 735-749. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01443410.2019.1706723

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Previous research has repeatedly shown that anxiety can impair academic as well as sports-related performance. Most research in this field has been conducted under artificial laboratory conditions, which is why the aim of the present study was to test the assumption that higher levels of anxiety would impair subsequent sports performance in a real testing situation. The sample of this study consisted of n = 48 university students who had to pass a practical volleyball test in order to receive course credit. We tested the assumption that state anxiety would significantly increase and performance in a volleyball service task would significantly decrease from a neutral situation to the actual practical testing situation at the end of the term. We observed that, while the students’ state anxiety significantly increased from the neutral to the testing situation, there was no significant drop in performance. We only found a significant negative relationship between state anxiety and volleyball test performance for female participants, even though state anxiety increased significantly in both females and males. Practical implications on how to reduce anxiety and improve performance are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science II [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph and Seiler, Roland

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0144-3410

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Englert

Date Deposited:

27 Feb 2020 16:11

Last Modified:

05 Jul 2020 02:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01443410.2019.1706723

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Anxiety, choking under pressure, testing situation, volleyball

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140987

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