Psychology of the elite athlete: An exploratory study

  title={Psychology of the elite athlete: An exploratory study},
  author={Michael J. Mahoney and Marshall Avener},
  journal={Cognitive Therapy and Research},
Thirteen male gymnasts were given a standard questionnaire and interviewed during the final trials for the U.S. Olympic team. Particular attention was given to psychological factors and cognitive strategies in their training and competition. Using their final competitive grouping as the primary dependent variable, correlations were performed to assess the relationship between these factors and superior athletic performance. Data from this exploratory study suggested that varying patterns of… 

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