Precompetitive Emotional State of Dancesport Athletes
Background. The paper deals with the precompetitive emotional state of dancesport athletes before competition.
Research aim was to analyze pre-competition emotional state of dancesport athletes.
Methods. The pre-competition emotional state of dancesport athletes was established using methods of in-
depth interview and participant observation. The main reasons for different types of emotional states were identified,
and finally, recommendations for athletes and coaches how to overcome immoderate anxiety interfering with good
competition results were developed.
Results. Precompetitive emotional state before competition may be described as a complex multi-faceted
phenomenon which consists of different psychological categories such as: anxiety, arousal, stress, self-confidence,
concentration. The results of the interviews and participant observation showed that precompetitive emotional states
of the dancesport athletes were both positive and negative. Positive emotional state was shown by the majority of
participants. There were found six reasons of positive emotional state and five reasons of negative emotional state
Conclusion. To overcome the negative emotional state or reinforce positive emotional state before the
competitions it is suggested to listen to pleasant music, do breathing exercises or do the mental exercise. The choice
depends on the personal characteristics of athletes.
Keywords: dancesport, precompetitive state, emotions.
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