The Perception of Athlete’s Anxiety Experience in Team and Individual Sports
Keywords:Anxiety experience, Confidence, Gender, Team and Individual Sports
This study aims to investigate athletes’ anxiety experience in team and individual sports during training and competitions. A total of 219 youth athletes (Individual, n = 112, Team, n = 107), (Male, n = 110, Female, n = 109) in various types of sports who represented in ‘Sukan Malaysia’ (SUKMA) competition had completed the questionnaires in assessing athletes’ anxiety experience. CSAI-2 scale (score range 1 - 4) were used in the study consists of three components, which are somatic anxiety (α = .74), cognitive anxiety (α = .77), and self-confidence (α = .86). Results revealed that there is a significant correlation (weak to a strong, negative and positive correlation) between all the variables of anxiety (somatic, cognitive and self-confidence). The t-test showed no significant difference among all the variables of anxiety between the team and individual sports. In addition, the result indicated there is no significant difference among the variables of anxiety between genders except for confidence. In conclusion, anxiety in athletes is an uncomfortable psychological condition in response to a perceived stress or the success of a task under pressure.
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