Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: the mediating role of sports confidence

A R Levy, J Perry, A R Nicholls, D Larkin, J Davies

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    Abstract

    AIM: This study explored the mediating role of sport confidence upon (1) sources of sport confidence-- performance relationship and (2) imagery-- performance relationship.

    METHODS: Participants were 157 competitive athletes who completed state measures of confidence level/ sources, imagery type and performance within one hour after competition.

    RESULTS: Among the current sample, confirmatory factor analysis revealed appropriate support for the nine--factor SSCQ and the five--factor SIQ. Mediational analysis revealed that sport confidence had a mediating influence upon the achievement source of confidence - performance relationship. In addition, both cognitive and motivational imagery types were found to be important sources of confidence, as sport confidence mediated imagery type--performance relationship.

    CONCLUSION: Findings indicated that athletes who construed confidence from their own achievements and report multiple images on a more frequent basis are likely to benefit from enhanced levels of state sport confidence and subsequent performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)835-44
    JournalThe Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
    Volume55
    Issue number7-8
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2015

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