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Medicina dello Sport 2015 March;68(1):91-8

language: English, Italian

Association between levels of precompetitive anxiety in bodybuilding athletes

Ferreira L. C. 1, Novaes J. 2, Rodrigues Neto G. 2, 3, Costa Silva E. G. 2, 4, Aidar F. J. 1, 5, 6, Sousa N. J. 1

1 Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University, Vila Real, Portugal;
2 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
3 Department of Physical Education, Associate Graduate Program in Physical Education UPE/UFPB, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil;
4 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Seropédica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
5 Minas Gerais State Military Fire and Rescue Department, Uberlândia, Minas Gerias, Brasil;
6 Triangulo University Center (UNITRI), Uberlândia, Minas Gerias, Brasil


AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between different precompetitive anxiety levels in bodybuilding men.
METHODS: Twenty-five athletes participated in the study. They completed the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory questionnaire – II (CSAI-2) one day prior to their competition. Participants can score low, average and high on anxiety.
RESULTS: We observed a significant correlation between cognitive anxiety and self-confidence (r=-0.540; P=0.005). In this sense, we did not observe significant differences between the cognitive and somatic anxiety results (P=0.542). However, significant differences were found between cognitive anxiety and self-confidence (P=0.012) and between somatic anxiety and self-confidence (P=0.007).
CONCLUSION: In general, an inverse relationship between these anxiety factors (cognitive anxiety and somatic anxiety) and self-confidence exists. The pre-competitive score levels of anxiety varied: low for cognitive anxiety, average for somatic anxiety and high for self-confidence.

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