Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Witoslawski, Erica

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Advisor(s)

Dr. Sarah Carson-Sackett

Abstract

Throughout a sport season, athletes’ physiological systems are constantly broken down and strengthened due to repeated practices and competitions. However, not just the physiological benefits of tapering impact performance. The purpose of this study was to extend the current literature that has found connections between self-efficacy, trust in coaching, state anxiety, goal orientation, and sport performance by assessing these variables during a marathon training taper period. The study analyzed included 29 subjects who were enrolled in a general-education health and fitness course focusing on marathon training through a series of surveys electronically administered 3 times (baseline, pre-taper, and post-taper) throughout a semester. Although the results of the non-parametric Wilcoxon Signed-Rank tests for each variable did not prove to be significant, graphical trends suggest that further research with a larger sample of participants could be beneficial in order to better understand the psychological aspect of taper.

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