Mood and performance in aikido athletes

Willy Pieter, M. S. Pieter

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to assess the mood profile of successful and less successful aikidoka (aikido athletes). Subjects (45 men, 30.51 ± 8.06 years, and 17 women, 27.29 ± 6.94 years) were administered the Brunel Mood Scale at a regional open aikido tournament in the south of England about one hour prior to competition. A 2-way (Gender x Performance) ANOVA was employed to determine the differences in mood between male and female winning and losing aikidoka. The women scored higher on tension (5.58 ± 2.74 vs. 4.04 ± 3.02) (p = 0.049, eta2 = 0.065). The data were collapsed over performance and mood was compared between gender. The men (0.76 ± 1.81 vs. 0.06 ± 0.24) were more depressed (p = 0.015; d = 0.68) and fatigued (3.16 ± 4.17 vs. 1.53 ± 1.18, p = 0.021; d = 0.61). The depressed mood males scored higher on anger (2.27 ± 4.84 vs. 0.24 ± 0.82, p = 0.021, d = 0.72) and were more fatigued (5.45 ± 4.37 vs. 2.41 ± 3.89, p = 0.034, d = 0.74). It is concluded that the model by Lane and Terry [5] was supported by the current investigation.

Keywords


mood; performance; aikido

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12697/akut.2008.13.09

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ISSN 1406-9822 (print)
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Journal DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/issn1406-9822