Self-efficacy and its relationship to selected sport psychological constructs in the prediction of performance in ironman triathlon

Ian Heazlewood, Stephen Burke

Abstract

The focus of this study was to apply this approach to an IronmanTM (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, and 42.2km run) triathlon event. The methodology utilized physiological measures (VO2max, adiposity, height, weight), history of performance and sport psychological constructs (self-efficacy, motivation, sport confidence, cognitive and somatic anxiety) to predict total performance time and individual swim, cycle and run performance times. The results, utilizing correlation, regression and path analysis indicated that performance can be predicted more accurately when variables are assessed from a variety of Human Movement domains. The correlation analysis indicated only outcome orientations (r=0.68, p


Keywords

Path analysis; Sport; Psychology; Performance

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4100/jhse.2011.62.14