Influence of emotional intelligence on sport performance in elite canoeist




Sport psychology, Psychological skills, Empathy, Coach, Competition


Several studies support the hypothesis that emotions are linked with sport performance. However, only a few studies have addressed the direct relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and sport performance. In order to address this question, emotional intelligence was assessed in 50 elite male canoeists from a total of fourteen countries. The sample was divided into two groups based on the number of medals achieved at world championships [Expert level Group 1, had won 1 - 3 medals (n = 33), and Expert level Group 2 had won more than 3 medals (n = 17)]. As a secondary goal, the influence of years of practice on sport performance was examined. Results indicate that the Level 2 expert athletes scored higher in empathy (p < .05), emotional recognition (p < .05), emotional control and regulation (p < .001) and years of practice invested in their preparation (p < .01) than the Level 1 expert athletes. These findings make a valuable contribution to answering some key questions regarding high performance sport and the role of EI in elite sport performance.


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Author Biographies

Silvia Arribas-Galarraga, University of the Basque Country

Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Jose Antonio Cecchini, University of Oviedo

Faculty of Teacher Training and Education.

Izaskun Luis-De-Cos, University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Gurutze Luis-De Cos, University of Antofagasta

Faculty of Education.


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Arribas-Galarraga, S., Cecchini, J. A., Luis-De-Cos, I., Saies, E., & Luis-De Cos, G. (2020). Influence of emotional intelligence on sport performance in elite canoeist. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15(4), 772–782.




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