Self-talk

Authored by: Judy L. Van Raalte

Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484633
eBook ISBN: 9780203851043
Adobe ISBN: 9781136966675

10.4324/9780203851043.ch53

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Abstract

Some athletes maintain an ongoing internal dialogue while competing: “I really need this putt,” or “I couldn’t hit the side of a barn today,” or “I own this court.” Other athletes shout aloud in frustration or exhilaration. “You cannot be serious!!” or “Come on!! Get there!” And then there are times when athletes compete in silence, step up, take a deep breath, and execute.

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