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A Three-Sample Study of Perfectionism and Field Test Performance in Athletes

Mallinson-Howard, Sarah H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8525-1540, Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818 and Jowett, Gareth E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4004-2857 (2020) A Three-Sample Study of Perfectionism and Field Test Performance in Athletes. European Journal of Sport Science.

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Field tests are commonly used by sport scientists for performance monitoring and evaluation. While perfectionism predicts performance in a range of contexts, it is currently unclear whether perfectionism predicts performance in such tests. To address this lack of understanding, the present study examined the relationships between perfectionism and fitness-based field test performance across three athlete samples. After completing a measure of perfectionism (striving for perfection and negative reactions to imperfection), sample one (n = 129 student athletes) participated in a series of countermovement jumps and 20-metre sprint trials, sample two (n = 136 student athletes) participated in an agility task, and sample three (n = 116 junior athletes) participated in the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test (level one). Striving for perfection predicted better sprint and Yo-Yo test performance. Negative reactions to imperfection predicted worse sprint performance. Mini meta-analyses of the combined data (N = 381) showed that striving for perfection was positively related to performance (r+ = .24), but negative reactions to imperfection was unrelated to performance (r+ = –.05). The present findings indicate that striving for perfection may predict better fitness-based field test performance, while negative reactions to imperfection appears to be ambiguous.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Sport Science, on 08/09/2020 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2020.1811777"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2020.1811777
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4674

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