A comparison of mental training skills levels of handball and basketball players

A comparison of mental training skills

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Abstract

Mental Training in athletics means preparing the mind to help you perform at your best, mentally and physically. Mental factors such as confidence, focus, self-belief, and motivation are crucial to athletic performance. Mental training in sports gives you the mental exercises to build these qualities proactively. It also teaches tools and strategies to prepare you for uncontrollables that you might face so that you can consistently perform at your best. In this study, it was aimed to compare the mental training skill levels used by handball and basketball games. Relational screening model was used in the research. The study group consists of 400 athletes. In the study, the Mental Training Inventory in Sports 'SZAE' (The Sport Mental Training Questionnaire 'SMTQ'), developed by Behnke et al., (2017) and adapted into Turkish by doing validity and reliability studies by Yarayan and İlhan (2018), was used. In addition, a personal information form containing the demographic information of the participants was used as a data collection tool. In the research, SPSS 24 package program was used in the analysis of the data.

As a result of the analysis, Handball and Basketball groups, which are the branches of the athletes, differed significantly for the variables of mental performance and interpersonal skills. According to the findings obtained from the research; A positive significant relationship was found between the age variable and the level of mental skills. In this case, it can be said that as age increases, mental skills will also increase. According to another finding obtained in the study, the relationship between the experience variables in sports and the research variables is significant  and positive. According to another finding obtained from the research; It is seen that the gender groups do not differ in terms of mental basic skills, mental performance, interpersonal skills, talking to yourself and mental animation variables, which are the sub-dimensions of the mental training inventory scale. As a result; It is seen that the handball and basketball groups, which are the branches of the athletes, differ significantly for the variables of mental performance and interpersonal skills.

Author Biographies

Canan Bastık, Bursa Uludağ University, Sport Sciences

Canan Bastık is first author, Thank you

Hayrettin Gümüşdağ, Yozgat Bozok University

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2022-09-01