The influence of self-presentation concerns on the adolescent sport experience has received scant empirical attention. The purpose of this investigation was to prospectively examine the relationship among self-presentational concerns and pre-game affective states among middle and high school aged football players.
American football players (n = 112; mean age = 15.57 years) completed a measure of self-presentational concerns (SPSQ, McGowan, et al., 2008) a week prior to the measurement of selected pre-game affective states (i.e., attentiveness, self-assurance, serenity, and fear).
Regression analyses revealed that concerns about appearing athletically untalented negatively contributed to the significant prediction ( p < 0.001) of pre-game attentiveness, b = 0.43, R2 adj = 19.5% ( p < 0.001), and self-assurance, b = 0.38, R2 adj = 11.9% ( p < 0.01).
These findings highlight the importance of reducing self-presentational concerns in promoting positive pre-game mental states that likely impact the quality of athletes’ competitive play and experience.
Podlog L, Lochbaum M, Kleinert J, Dimmock J, Newton M, Schulte S. The relationship between self-presentation concerns and pre-game affect among adolescent American football players. J Sport Health Sci. 2013;2:168-175. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2012.06.002