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Medicina dello Sport 2014 September;67(3):397-410

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The effects of instructional and motivational self-talk on basketball passing and shooting performance in novice students

Tahmasebi Boroujeni S. 1, Zourbanos N. 2, Shahbazi M. 1

1 Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran;
2 Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Thessaly, Greece


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The present study examined the effects of instructional and motivational self-talk on speed and accuracy of passing and shooting in basketball. Seventy two undergraduate students (Mage=20.09 years, ±1.12) were randomly assigned into two experimental (instructional and motivational) and a control groups. Three tasks (basketball passing speed, passing accuracy, and shooting accuracy) were conducted in 12 sessions: baseline assessment (pre-test), 10 training sessions, and final assessment (post-test). The results revealed that only in passing accuracy the instructional self-talk group improved its performance significantly. In general the results provided partial support for the task-demand-oriented matching hypothesis.

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