Psychological States and the Performance of Judo: An Intra-match Analysis

By Émilien Freund, Serge Éloi, Julie Doron

English

The aim of this study is to investigate the psychological states (i.e., cognitive appraisals, coping strategies, emotions) related to performance in a judo match. Five young male judokas, registered as high-level participants in the youth category and training at the Pôle Espoir Judo d’Ile de France, took part in the study (Mage = 14.6 ± 1.14 years). A video protocol using the Dartfish© software tagging panel was set up to take a quantitative measure of athletes’ psychological states during a judo match. Results show that psychological states (i.e., cognitive appraisals, coping strategies, emotions) vary according to an athlete’s performance during a match (i.e., points or advantages lost, points or advantages gained, tied). However, additional research is needed for better understanding of the complex links between psychological processes and performance.

Keywords

  • cognitive appraisal
  • threat
  • challenge
  • coping
  • emotions
  • performance
  • judo
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