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

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

Marshall, Tony, Roberts, Justin, Pack, Stephen, Basevitch, Itay, Rossato, Claire, Suckiling, Craig, Dawkins, Tony and Roberts, Michael (2017) The effect of long term physical training on the development of mental toughness in recreationally active participants. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 9 (2). pp. 29-43. ISSN 1947-2900 (Print), 1947-2919 (Online)

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Abstract

This study investigated the effect of long-term training on the development of mental toughness (MT). Thirty 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) undertook 6-months of training prior to completing an iron-distance triathlon. Mental toughness questionnaires (MTQ48) were completed at 0,2,4,6 months of training and 1-month post-race. Repeated measures ANOVAs were performed for each MTQ48 variable with consideration to faster v slower finishers. No significant differences (p>0.05) were found between fast and slow finishers on any of the 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). MT was not associated with race time. The findings indicate that longitudinal training culminating with competitive experience may favourably impact MT.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Toughness, Physical Training
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
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Last Modified: 12 Apr 2018 14:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17690

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