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Psychological states underlying excellent performance in sport: Toward an integrated model of flow and clutch states

Swann, Christian and Crust, Lee and Jackman, Patricia and Vella, Stewart A. and Allen, Mark S. and Keegan, Richard (2017) Psychological states underlying excellent performance in sport: Toward an integrated model of flow and clutch states. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology . ISSN 1041-3200

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2016.1272650

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Abstract

This study investigated the psychological states underlying excellent performance in 26 athletes (M age = 29 years, SD = 7.7) across a range of sports (team, net/wall, sprint, endurance, adventure) and standards (world class to recreational). Participants were primarily interviewed on average 4 days after excellent performances. The data were analyzed thematically. Distinct states of flow and clutch were reported, each of which occurred through separate contexts and processes, while athletes also transitioned between states during performance. These findings extend current knowledge of the psychology of excellent performance and are discussed in terms of implications for future research and applied practice.

Keywords:Psychological states, performance, team sports, endurance exercise, flow, clutch
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:26025
Deposited On:03 Feb 2017 10:11

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