Year of Publication

2011

Date of Thesis

05-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Exercise and Sport Sciences

Abstract

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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