Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Few studies have been conducted on improving anaerobic running performance. The present study evaluated the relative influence of several mental preparation strategies on performance in running 200 meters. Seventy-nine participants were recruited from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Psychology Department Subject Pool. Baseline run times were established for the 200 meter run. One week later and immediately prior to running 200 meters again, participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) statements delivered by research assistants related to technical skills and motivational statements, (2) questions related to what the participant is experiencing, and (3) statements expected to inhibit optimal performance. As compared with the aforementioned questions, the technical and motivational intervention statements were hypothesized to significantly improve performance, whereas administering inhibitory statements about performance was expected to worsen running performance. Results revealed no significant differences among these conditions. Future directions regarding mental preparation strategies are discussed in light of these findings.
Controlled; Evaluation; Mental; Meter; Outcome; Preparation; Run; Strategies; Study
Clinical psychology; Behaviorism (Psychology); Psychophysiology; Recreation
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Dickens, Yani L, "Evaluation of mental preparation strategies for the 200 meter run: A controlled outcome study" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1620.