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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2019, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Part C

Mental skills assessment of Niger men and women’s senior national volleyball teams


Author(s): Edoh Koffi Pierrot, Douka Soumaïla Aboubacar, Biga Boukary Alassane and Assogba Anicet Paterne Coovi

Abstract: The objective of this study is to evaluate the mental skills of the Niger Senior National Volleyball Teams’ Athletes. To achieve this goal, 36 athletes (18 men and 18 women), of the national pre-selection of the 2015 season have been selected and subjected to the Ottawa Mental skills Assessment tool (OMSAT-3). The data collected were subjected to the Shapiro-Wilk normality test which revealed that the distributions do not follow a normal distribution. Consequently, the non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis test was performed to compare the scores of volleyball sportsmen and sportswomen with those of OMSAT-3. Those comparisons indicated that Nigeriens Volleyball Athletes scores are statistically lower (p<0.05) than those prescribed by that tool for high-level athletes. This shows that Athletes of the national volleyball teams of Niger have shortcomings in psychological skills. However, we notice that unlike psychosomatic skills (stress reaction, fear controls and activation) and cognitive skills (focusing, refocusing, imagery, mental practice, and competition planning) the foundation skills (goal setting, commitment and self-confidence) scores of the athletes (men and women) are close to the reference values. Besides apart from the sub-factors 'Fear control', 'Activation' and 'focusing' were sportsmen do better ( 0.05) than sportswomen, there is no significant gender difference (p> 0.05) between volleyball athletes mental skills. Ultimately, this study shows that the lack of results of Nigeriens volleyball athletes during international competition is mainly due to their deficiencies in mental skills and that females athletes have more challenges than male. It is therefore recommended that volleyball sport officials of Niger should manage to introduce a sustainable psychological education into the sports training centres and clubs of the countries in order to expect better outcomes in the future.

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Edoh Koffi Pierrot, Douka Soumaïla Aboubacar, Biga Boukary Alassane, Assogba Anicet Paterne Coovi. Mental skills assessment of Niger men and women’s senior national volleyball teams. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2019;6(3):157-162.
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