The Intervention Strategies Of Self Talk

3584 WordsOct 6, 201415 Pages
Abstract This research project will look at how Intervention strategies, namely Self Talk have an impact on an athletes ability in game play. Thirty participants from an NBA Basketball squad had their first season scores recorded for field, Cognitive Anxiety (CA), Somatic Anxiety (SA), Self Confidence (SC), successful shots (SS) and Missed Shots (MS) the squad were then randomly assigned as either Intervention or Control Group, the Intervention Group were subjected to a season of the Self Talk intervention. The results for the Intervention Group were with CA -24, SA – 36, SC +36, SS +26 and MS -10. The Control Group gave, CA remaining the same, SA +4, SC -2, SS -1 and MS +3 . the results suggest that Self Talk as an intervention amongst elite level Baketball players proved to yield dramatic and positive results when compared with their counterparts in the Control Group. Introduction “I 've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I 've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I 've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I 've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”. (Michael Jordan 1992) The prospect of taking a game winning shot in front off tens of thousands of screaming spectators may be over powering for some people, whilst others appear to thrive in the pressure of the situation. But why do some athletes appear to succeed in these high pressure situations while others fail to meet the required standards expected of
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