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Date of Thesis


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Master of Science


Exercise and Sport Sciences


The purpose of this study was to examine selected defending national champion collegiate rowers' mental preparations and thoughts before and during the 2008 national championship grand final. Through semi-structure interviews with the members of the 2008 national championship rowing team, the mental skills used by the national champion rowers were explored. All interviews were analyzed and common themes identified. Three themes emerged: l) the rowers built confidence through season-long training; 2) each rower had an individual pre-race routine which consisted of various elements, including staying in the moment, visualization and imagery, reviewing the race plan, arousal control through music, relaxation, and self talk; and 3) the rowers refocused during the race from negative/irrelevant thoughts to positive/relevant thoughts. [This is an excerpt from the abstract. For the complete abstract, please see the document.]



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