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I cannot go anymore! An investigation of the effects of self reported self control strength on shooting performance

Englert, Chris; Dziuba, Anna; Wolff, Wanja; Giboin, Louis-Solal


During professional shooting tournaments, which typically last multiple hours, athletes must stay focused at all times in order to perform at their highest levels. Sustaining attention over extended periods of time becomes mentally exhausting. Exerting mental effort, which is also called self-control, often leads to low levels of perceived self-control strength, which ultimately can impair shooting performance. In the present study, we tested the assumption that the level of self-reported self-control strength decreases over the course of a 1-hour shooting task measured twice during a regular training day and separated by a 2-hour break. Additionally, we assumed that shooting performance would be linked with fluctuations in self-control. A total of 21 shooters took part in this study and were asked to perform a series of 10 shots at a standardized target, five times in the morning and five times in the afternoon (i.e., 100 shots total). The participants also reported their perceived self-control strength at the baseline (prior to the start of the morning session as well as the afternoon session) and after a series of 10 shots each in the morning and afternoon (i.e., measurements in total). ... mehr

DOI: 10.31234/
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000120041
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 05.05.2020
Externe Relationen Abstract/Volltext
Schlagwörter self-control, self-regulation, sports, shooting, Bayesian statistics
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