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Gazzetta Medica Italiana - Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2019 September;178(9):640-4

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.18.03916-5

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Assessing mental skills of male Iranian Premier League soccer players

Ali MAZAHERINEZHAD 1, Hooman ANGOORANI 2, Seyed Mohsen RAHIMI 3 , Niloufar DIRMANCHI 4

1 Minimally Invasive Surgery Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2 Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Hazrat Rasool-e-Akram Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 3 Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 4 Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran



BACKGROUND: Mental skills are important factors for successful sport performance in professional sports including soccer. The purpose of this study was to assess the mental skills of Iranian Premier League soccer players.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 129 premier league players volunteered to participate. They completed Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool-3 (OMSAT-3). This test includes 48 questions assessing three main psychological components skills including basic, psycho-somatic, and cognitive skills.
RESULTS: The results showed that the players scored highest on Self-confidence (24±2.34), Commitment (23.47±3.52), and Mental practice (22.5±3.10), respectively. Goal-setting mental sub-skills of players were significantly lower than their self-confidence and commitment (P=0.0001, P<0.0001).
CONCLUSIONS: It was concluded that mental skills of Soccer players in Premier league need improvement in several sub skills.


KEY WORDS: Mental processes; Cognition; Psychosomatic medicine; Soccer; Athletes

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