Ego depletion in sports: Highlighting the importance of self-control strength for high-level sport performance

Englert, Christoph (2017). Ego depletion in sports: Highlighting the importance of self-control strength for high-level sport performance. Current opinion in psychology, 16, pp. 1-5. Elsevier 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.02.028

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Athletes are constantly confronted with self-control demands, but previous research has delivered sound empirical evidence that athletes are not always capable of dealing with these demands. According to the strength model of self-control, individuals have a limited amount of self-control strength, which can become temporarily depleted following self-control demands (e.g., attention regulation). When self-control strength is depleted, that is, in a state of ego depletion, athletes are less persistent during strenuous physical exercise, are less likely to follow their exercise regimens, and tend to perform worse under pressure. The aim of this review article is to highlight the importance of ego depletion in the field of sports and exercise and to discuss the recent research and controversies surrounding it.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

2352-250X

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Englert

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 15:42

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2018 11:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.02.028

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.96258

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96258

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