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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2018, Vol. 5, Issue 6, Part B

Pre-competition psychophysiological stress evolution in novice karate competitors


Author(s): Ruvakubusa Emmanuel, Zhang Jian and Ngayimbesha Adrien

Abstract: In martial art competition like karate, there are many challenging situations which can induce psychophysiological changes such as competitive anxiety. The current study was aimed to assess the pre-competition evolution tendency of physiological and psychological indicators of anxiety and the pre-competition state of self-confidence in novice international karate competitors. Sixteen male karate competitors participated to the present study.
Two combined methods have been used in the current study data collection: test method for the collection and analyzing of salivary cortisol and questionnaire method in the assessment of psychological indicators of stress.
The study results showed an increasing tendency of cortisol concentration time after time as the competition approach (at 8 a.m. Was 21.03 ±0.9 nmol/l-1; 23.2± 1.8 nmol/l-1 90 min and 23.8± 1.3 nmol/l-1one hour before the start of the competition). Significance statistical differences have been established. On psychological stress indicators, obtained data showed that our subjects had higher mean scores in cognitive anxiety (21.76) and somatic anxiety (19.46) subscales. Novice karate competitors experience increased psychological and physiological stresses which potentially reduce their competitive capability.


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How to cite this article:
Ruvakubusa Emmanuel, Zhang Jian and Ngayimbesha Adrien. Pre-competition psychophysiological stress evolution in novice karate competitors. International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health. 2018; 5(6): 92-96.
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