ANNALS OF APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE–Special Issue
First National Congress of
"New Scientific Consequence for Iran’s Sport Development" Lahijan Branch, Islamic Azad University, 2014, 10-11 December
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ISSN (Online): 2322 – 4479
The Most Important Mental Scales
Distinguishing Elite from Non-Elite young
Female Judo Athletes in Hamedan
1 Fatemeh Moradi, 2 Hassan Rohbanfard∗
1. Physical Education and Sport Sience Department, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran- , email@example.com,
2. Room 420, Physical Education and Sport Sience Department, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran
For the purpose of "talent identification," it seems important to clarify the most effective psychological characteristics of athletes in different sports for the lower age groups (childhood & teenager). The goal of the present study, therefore, was to identify the most critical mental skills among elite young judo athletes in comparison with a counterpart non-elite group in Hamedan.
56 elite and 56 non-elite judo female athletes aged 14-17 from the province of Hamedan completed the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tools-3 (OMSAT-3). This questionnaire measures three main conceptual components including: foundation skills (goal setting, self- confidence and commitment), psycho-somatic skills (stress reactions, fear control, relaxation and activation) and cognitive skills (focusing, refocusing, imagery, mental practice and competition planning).
Results showed significant differences between elite and non-elite judo athletes in all three components of mental skills. In addition, elite athletes compared to non-elites were significantly better in goal setting, commitment, stress reactions, fear control, focusing, and refocusing.