Navigation Links
Finding Murray's magic
Date:6/23/2013

Research suggests that it is Andy Murray's ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete. Murray dropped out of the French Open after a back injury this year, missing out on his goal of playing in four grand slam finals in a row. But this decision has allowed him to recuperate in time for Wimbledon this month. According to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), athletes who recognise early when a goal is unattainable and switch their focus to other objectives are the most successful at achieving their main career goals.

The researchers, from the universities of Birmingham and Southampton, found that the reasons why a person is motivated to achieve tough sporting goals influence how well that person does in pursuing these goals. A person who is motivated by the enjoyment or personal importance of a goal will strive harder and for longer and will be more successful in achieving an increasingly difficult goal, compared to someone motivated by external pressure or feelings of guilt.

But when the goal becomes so difficult that it is unattainable, people who are self-motivated find it harder to stop striving for their goal. This persistence can cause psychological distress. However the research identified that when athletes with high self-motivation recognised early when a goal was impossible they were able to quickly disengage from the goal and then re-engage with challenging, new targets that were also compatible with their overall objectives. This group of athletes made the most progress toward achieving their central goal.

"Our experiments showed the importance of a person realising early enough when it was better to continue striving for a goal or when it was best to let go and adopt another similar goal," said Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, an exercise and sport psychologist from the University of Birmingham. "Our research also showed that the reasons behind a sportsperson's goal are important to know, not just the actual goal."

This research goes a step further than the existing body of knowledge on the role of goal-setting in sport by examining the impact of different types of motivation in the face of tough goals. The researchers carried out two sophisticated experiments that asked over 180 athletes to complete a range of cycling tests. By ensuring some of the tests were unattainable, the psychologists were able to explore how the athletes coped with goal failure.

"We found autonomous motives such as enjoyment or personal importance were a double-edged sword," explained Professor Sedikides, a social and personality psychologist from the University of Southampton. "Athletes with autonomous motives put in more effort and persisted for longer which helped them reach higher levels of performance with increasingly difficult but attainable goals. Yet when the goal became unachievable, they had great difficulty realising this, which led to brooding over the failure as the athletes struggled to disengage from the goal."

The research concludes that coaches and applied sport psychologists need to be aware of athletes' motives for their goals to help them be most effective, successful and adaptive in their goal striving. Future research aims to explore how to help sportspeople (and individuals with other goals, such as weight loss) realise early that some goals are unachievable and to have the flexibility to develop alternative goals that contribute to their long-term objectives.


'/>"/>

Contact: Pressoffice
Pressoffice@esrc.ac.uk
Economic & Social Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New findings in breast cancer
2. Kessler Foundation scientists present cognitive research findings at MS dual symposium
3. Researchers present new findings for novel pancreatic cancer vaccine
4. Mayo Clinic urologists present findings at American Urological Association Annual Meeting
5. Finding ways to feed pigs for less
6. Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Yields Sobering Findings
7. Columbus Allergist Dr. Summit Shah Discusses Recent Findings on Food Allergies and Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis
8. Finding brings scientists 1 step closer to Parkinsons drug
9. Relief for Migraine Sufferers as The Life House Offers New Findings, Free Consults
10. New findings by GW researcher break tanning misconceptions: There is no such thing as a safe tan
11. MRI findings shed light on multiple sclerosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... Middletown, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... in the United States, and more than 100,000 physical therapy clinics. Each physical ... for the benefit of clients. At the same time, staying afloat in a competitive ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Fire Door ... has joined the Fire Door Solutions’ team. Keith will serve Fire Door ... frame in-field re-labeling. He will be instrumental in developing educational curriculum and ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... More than 80 representatives of ... Philadelphia, and the Prevent Cancer Foundation held an event on National Hepatitis Testing Day ... city of viral hepatitis, the leading cause of liver cancer. , Foundation leaders and ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... St. Joseph ... regional health information exchange, which enables physicians at SJMC’s two hospital campuses, downtown ... other participating organizations in the exchange. SJMC’s membership in the health information exchange ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... When MetLoop first demonstrated its ... something that contractors should have at their disposal on a daily basis. , ... Director of Contractor Programs. , As a result, Metloop and CertainTeed entered ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/31/2016)... Switzerland , May 31, 2016 ... announced the initiation of a first-in-human clinical trial of ... fusion molecule - S101 is currently being developed for ... 1 study is designed to evaluate the safety and ... conducted at several sites across the United ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... The global biomaterials market is driven by the ... from chronic diseases. According to research report, "Global Biomaterials Market ... Forecasts (2016-2021) - (By Value; By Material Type - Polymer, ... By Region-North America, Europe , APAC, ROW; ... Italy , Japan , ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... , May 31, 2016 ... World Health Assembly zur Eliminierung von viraler Hepatitis ... Mitgliedsstaaten eine historische Verpflichtung eingegangen, virale Hepatitis bis ... . World Health Assembly haben sich die ... bzgl. viraler Hepatitis (Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy) zu ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: