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Perceived Apprehension associated with Disruptive Performance in Players

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of Health Sciences, PPSK, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, 16150, MALAYSIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (ISC-2013), Pages 426-438, (2014)


Present study was aimed at identification of intricate relationship between psychological and psychobiological determinants of performance shortcomings in young-adult amateur-competitive as well as elite athletes of Malaysia. One hundred five highly skilled ball game players (matched in anthropometric, cardiovascular and performance status) and similarly skilled eighty-six other amateur-competitive swimmers were selected by three expert sport instructors as participant. They were assessed with physiological parameters (viz. autonomic measures of arousal) and corresponding psychological (viz. Cognitive flexibility and anxiety) and psychomotor attributes (viz. reaction ability) in relation to performance excellence. Projective analyses of cognitive-emotional make up of the players were done to identify their inner cognitive core related to characteristic resilience; constriction and rigidity; apprehensiveness etc. Perceived apprehension of losing was found substantiated by the psychobiological concomitant autonomic indices of habituation paradigm skin conductance activity related to performance outcomes. Comprehensive understanding of the obscure subjective feelings of disruptive emotionality underlying performance hindrances in sport was attempted. Multiple linear regression analyses and two-way repeated measure ANOVA along with predictive structural analyses were done to observe direct, inverse and supportive relationships between measures of physiological arousal and psychological phenomena related to competitive sports behaviour.


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