Mental Skills among Soccer and Volleyball Players
The aim of the present research was to study and compare mental skills of adolescent elite and competitive volleyball and soccer players. The statistical population consisted of 80 players from national teams (26 volleyball players 54 soccer players), selected by a purposive sampling method. In order to collect information, the questionnaire of Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool-2 (OMSAT-2) was used. The results showed that elite and competitive volleyball players exhibited higher values of stress reactions than elite soccer players. In addition, elite soccer players had more self-confidence than competitive soccer and volleyball players. Also, it was shown that competitive volleyball players have more fear than elite soccer players. Comparing the other factors of mental skills in soccer and volleyball players brought out no other significant difference. Results were discussed by means of athlete’s levels, sport nature and characteristics and choking in sport phenomenon.
Index Terms - Psychology, Soccer, Volleyball.