The relationship between flow, mental toughness and subjective performance in triathletes

Meggs, Jenny and Chen, Martin and Koehn, Stefan (2018) The relationship between flow, mental toughness and subjective performance in triathletes. Perceptual and Motor Skills. ISSN 0031-5125

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Abstract

The current study examined the relationship between mental toughness, subjective performance and dispositional flow in high performing triathletes. A sample of 114 Iron men and triathletes (Mage=28.81 years, SD=3.45), taken from triathlon clubs, completed self-report questionnaires measuring mental toughness, subjective performance and dispositional flow. Pearson’s correlations revealed a significant and positive relationship between global mental toughness and subjective performance rating (r=0.62, p <0.01) and between global mental toughness and all dispositional flow subscales (r= 0.67 – 0.81, p<0.05). Linear regression analyses found mental toughness subscales accounted for 64% of the variance in dispositional flow. Subjective performance rating did not add significantly to the model. Overall, the findings suggest that mental toughness may allow iron man competitors and triathletes to exert the cognitive and emotional control necessary to experience flow and therefore perform better. The findings are discussed in the context of competitive ironman and triathlon.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, available from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0031512518803203
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Stefan Koehn
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 12:01
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 12:01
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2732

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