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An investigation of choking in sport and the moderating influence of physiological stress

Denise Hill Orcid Logo, Christopher POtter, Candice Quillam

International Journal of Sport Psychology, Volume: 44, Pages: 310 - 330

Swansea University Author: Denise Hill Orcid Logo

Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore choking in sport and examine the moderating influence of 2 physiological stress. Through a pragmatic mixed-methods approach, 40 novice golfers 3 completed a low intensity (LI; 90% gas exchange threshold) and high intensity (HI; 100% 4 V‟O2max) exercise task, follo...

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Published in: International Journal of Sport Psychology
Published: 2013
Online Access: http://www.ijsp-online.com/abstract/view/44/310
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36118
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Abstract: The aim of the study was to explore choking in sport and examine the moderating influence of 2 physiological stress. Through a pragmatic mixed-methods approach, 40 novice golfers 3 completed a low intensity (LI; 90% gas exchange threshold) and high intensity (HI; 100% 4 V‟O2max) exercise task, followed by a golf putting task under high (HP) and low pressure (HP). 5 Performance scores were investigated using a two-way (2 x 2) pressure by intensity repeated 6 measures ANOVA, and the difference between LP and HP performance scores of each 7 participant (after LI and HI) was calculated to identify individuals who had choked. Six 8 participants choked under pressure, and they each completed a semi-structured interview which 9 explored their choking event and the perceived role of physiological stress. The study provided 10 a further insight into the antecedents, mechanisms, consequences and moderators of choking, and 11 found that the influence of physiological stress on choking in sport was insignificant.
Keywords: Paradoxical performance, fatigue, attention, anxiety
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Start Page: 310
End Page: 330