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Effects of a “body-mind” self-regulation program on the performance of junior soccer players

  • Inagaki Kazuki
    Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Sakairi Yosuke
    Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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  • スポーツ場面におけるハイパフォーマンスを引き出すための“身心”の自己調整プログラムの有効性──ジュニアサッカー選手を対象にした検討──


<p>The effects of a “body-mind” self-regulation program considering individual differences on the performance of junior soccer players were investigated. Elementary school student-members of a soccer club (N=20; Mean age: 11.0±0) participated in this study. Firstly, the optimal psychological state for performing the long kick was identified in individual players. Then, participants were divided into a control and an intervention group. Performance tests were conducted with one practice and one actual trial. Just before the actual trial, the intervention group practiced the self-regulation method to achieve their optimal psychological state. The results indicated that kick performance improved significantly in actual compared to practice trials in the intervention, but not in the control group. Moreover, there were no significant differences in the psychological state between the two groups. However, it was also indicated that the psychological condition was closer to the optimum state in the intervention group that practiced the self-regulation method (Cohen’s d=1.0). These findings suggest the importance of psychological support that considers individual differences.</p>


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