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Date:12/12/2011

oncentration and psychological tolerance. Palacios wondered what ICTs could offer in this field and has been gradually identifying and covering the needs of sportspeople, trainers and psychologists until coming up with Teskal, the definitive application.

The researcher explains that this web application has been very well accepted, irrespective of the sex of the sportsperson or type of sport he or she is engaged (individual as well as team sports). Part of this success could be due to the fact that it is very user-friendly, since Palacios has used the Usability and Accessibility Engineering Process Model (u+aEPM). "The software developed does not focus on computing in itself, but attaches more importance to the users so that the application is easy to understand and easy to remember," she explains.

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At the same time, the researcher has validated two of the computerised questionnaires. They are used to study mood and anxiety, respectively; aspects that greatly influence sporting performance. The variables of these two questionnaires have produced sound results throughout the study designed to validate them, and which was carried out on a sample of over 200 sportspeople in each case. So the computerised version (Teskal) of the questionnaires in the original programme (Sifolito) has shown that it is reliable.

This validation phase has, in turn, been of use when confirming that there is a close relationship between mood and anxiety: "We have seen that anxiety variables are correlated positively with the measurements of mood (tension, depression, hostility and fatigue), and negatively with vitality." She is quick to point out, however, that more exhaustive research is needed on this.

In view of the positive results produced by Teskal, Palacios asserts that trainers are being offered a rigorous tool for spotting the strong and weak points in sportspeople, and on the basis of them to suggest personal training p
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