Dynamic of Emotions in a Preparation Season: A Case Study

Janaina Lima Fogaca, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Theme: Anxiety, stress, and emotions

Poster Number: 79

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Emotion is an important factor of influence on performance. Nevertheless, it has been difficult to assess it due to its dynamic aspect and the length of the existent instruments. Bearing this in mind, the Emotional State Profile (ESP) was developed, so the emotions and their interaction can be assessed in a faster and still complex manner. This study had the aim of assessing emotions of a shooter from the Finnish Olympic Skeet Shooting Team through the ESP in order to analyze its capability of predicting performance. Data about his emotions was collected during three training camps on the three-month preparation season, in which there were simulated competitions. An emotional profile based on the recalling of his three best and three worst performances ever was developed in order to analyze this data. Results showed that only the optimal zone for the Functionally Optimal (P+) emotions was a good predictor of optimal performance. In fact, the pattern of the interaction of his pre-performance emotions during the training camps was different from the expected and a profile derived from the training camps themselves showed to be a better predictor of optimal performance. Therefore, this study brings awareness to the possibility that it might happen that the pattern of emotions of an athlete have changed since the recalled best and worst ever performances happened. Considering this, future applied work with optimal zones of functioning should consider analyzing carefully if the current zones remain the same as the recalled situations.

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