The effect of long term physical training in the development of mental toughness in recreationally active participants

Marshall, Tony and Roberts, Justin and Pack, Stephen and Basevitch, Itay and Rossato, Claire and Suckling, Craig and Dawkins, Tony and Roberts, Michael G. (2017) The effect of long term physical training in the development of mental toughness in recreationally active participants. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 9 (2). pp. 29-43. ISSN 1947-2919

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Abstract

This study investigated the effect of a long-term training program on the development of mental toughness (MT). Thirty (2 female and 28 male) recreationally active participants (age: 33.53±6.83years; height: 177.41±7.11cm; weight: 78.40±11.94kg; maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max): 47.00±6.48 ml.kg-1.min-1; mean±SD) undertook 6 months of training prior to completing a long-distance triathlon. Participants completed mental toughness questionnaires (MTQ48) at 0, 2, 4, and 6 months of training and 1-month post-race. Data analysis included repeated measures ANOVAs for each MTQ48 variable with consideration to faster and slower finishers. Faster and slower finishers demonstrated non-significant differences (p>0.05) on all MT criteria. There was an effect for time with overall mental toughness (OMT) improving from baseline-post race (cohens d = 0.52; p<0.01) and month 2 post race (d = 0.39; p<0.01), commitment improving from baseline-post race (d = 0.60; p<0.05) and confidence increasing from month 2 post race (d = 0.39; p<0.05). The findings indicate that long term training culminating with competitive experience favourably impacts MT.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mental toughness, Physical training
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Justin Roberts
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2018 14:15
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702952

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