Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Committee Member

Suzanne Pero

Number of Pages

89

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Events; Match; Momentum; Outcome; Precipitating; Psychosocial; Relationship; Tennis

Controlled Subject

Recreation; Psychophysiology

Disciplines

Higher Education

File Format

pdf

File Size

1.95 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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