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.
|Journal||The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Feb 2015|