Pre-start susceptibility to psychological crises in competitive sport: Theory and research.

Michael Bar-Eli, Gershon Tenenbaum, Gaby Elbaz

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Examined 2 variables considered to affect motor performance: ability to cope with psychological stress and competitive motivation. The Bayesian approach was used to estimate the diagnostic relevance of these 2 constructs on pre-start vulnerability to psychological crisis in competition. 28 West German basketball experts and 45 Israeli team handball experts responded to a 'psychological crisis during competition' questionnaire in which they were asked to assess the components of the Bayesian likelihood ratio for each level of the 2 psychological constructs. Findings demonstrate that high coping ability and a balanced level of motivation may result in a low competitive crisis vulnerability; low coping ability and too high or to low situational motivation may indicate psychological crisis. (French, Spanish, German & Italian abstracts) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)13-30
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989


  • Competition
  • Coping Behavior
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Stress
  • Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crises
  • Predisposition


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