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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

11

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 10-19

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2005

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of different amounts of outside stress on a group of 13 male and 12 female swimmers from Arizona State University who were involved in the same amount of exercise stress. It was hypothesized that high levels of outside stress in addition to the imposed training stress should correlate with more negative mood and with more health problems. It was also expected that the combination of these effects would contribute to a decline in performance. Several questionnaires were utilized to evaluate the defined variables of life event stress (Life Events Survey for Collegiate Athletes), daily stress/ hassles (Hassles and Uplifts Scale), mood (Profile of Mood States), and health (Environmental Symptoms Questionnaire). The data supported the hypothesis that high levels of outside stress (determined by the LESCA and the Hassles and Uplifts Scale) were predictive of more negative mood (testing times 1, 2, 3 and 4) and poorer health (testing times 1, 2, and 4 for the LESCA and times 1, 3, and 4 for the Hassles and Uplifts Scale) in the collegiate swimmers. However, the data did not support the hypothesis that there would be a link between external stress and performance. Implications for this study are that athletes should be monitored for outside stress to avoid overtraining and burnout.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

10 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 11 no. 1 2005

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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