Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
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The purpose of this experiment is to determine whether mood states, anxiety, self-confidence, precipitating events, and psychological momentum play a role in tennis match outcome. The following hypotheses were proposed: (a) tennis match outcome may be influenced by individual's pre-competition cognitive level, (b) tennis match outcome may be influenced by individual's pre-competition mood state, (c) a precipitating event or series of events may influence tennis match outcome, and (d) psychological momentum is present in tennis matches. Fifteen minutes prior to each match 24 NCAA division 1 male tennis players completed the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 and the Profile of Mood States to assess their self-confidence level and mood states, respectively. Each participant was then videotaped and analyzed for precipitating events. Results indicated those athletes with high self-confidence, low anxiety, and low total mood disturbance were more successful. Results further indicated that positive and negative momentum were just as likely to occur in winning and losing players.
Events; Match; Momentum; Outcome; Precipitating; Psychosocial; Relationship; Tennis
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Covassin, Tracey M, "The relationship between psychosocial momentum, precipitating events, and tennis match outcome" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1034.