Title

The Effect of Motivational and Instructional Self-Talk on Precision and Endurance Performance Tasks

Abstract

In our sport psychology study, we examined the relationship between motivational and instructional self-talk on precision and endurance performance tasks. Self-talk is the practice of talking to oneself, either silently or aloud, during competition. Motivational self-talk emphasizes goal achievement, increased effort and desire to succeed, while instructional self-talk uses word cues to enhance technique and skill in a task. Our sample consisted of players from the men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams. Participants completed endurance and precision tasks before and after two motivational, instructional or control self-talk interventions. We expect to find that participants in the IST group will perform best on the precision task, while the MST group will perform best on the endurance task. These results suggest that self-talk can make a tangible difference in athletic performance and different types of tasks require distinct types of self-talk.

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Wally Herbranson

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Motivating Influences

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Maxey 104

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The Effect of Motivational and Instructional Self-Talk on Precision and Endurance Performance Tasks

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In our sport psychology study, we examined the relationship between motivational and instructional self-talk on precision and endurance performance tasks. Self-talk is the practice of talking to oneself, either silently or aloud, during competition. Motivational self-talk emphasizes goal achievement, increased effort and desire to succeed, while instructional self-talk uses word cues to enhance technique and skill in a task. Our sample consisted of players from the men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams. Participants completed endurance and precision tasks before and after two motivational, instructional or control self-talk interventions. We expect to find that participants in the IST group will perform best on the precision task, while the MST group will perform best on the endurance task. These results suggest that self-talk can make a tangible difference in athletic performance and different types of tasks require distinct types of self-talk.

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