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International Journal of Sports, Health and Physical Education

Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part A (2023)

A comprehensive review of self-talk among athletes and its impact on competitive sports

Author(s):

Dr. Chhaya Chaudhary

Abstract:

Self-talk is an inherent part of our daily lives, a constant companion during our waking hours. Increasingly, people are recognizing the immense potency of positive self-talk in bolstering self-confidence and quelling the adverse tides of negative emotions. Those who can master the art of positive self-talk are often attributed with greater confidence, heightened motivation, and enhanced productivity.
In the realm of sports, self-talk assumes a pivotal role. It functions as a formidable pedagogical tool and a self-regulatory mechanism that athletes can wield to facilitate the acquisition of novel motor skills and elevate their performance levels. Self-talk essentially encapsulates the internal dialogue within an individual's mind, influenced by the depths of their subconscious. It serves as a portal into their thoughts, beliefs, questions, and ideas. Positive self-talk, in particular, represents the capacity to triumph over the onslaught of negative ruminations. Those adept at cultivating positive self-talk are less susceptible to the debilitating clutches of pessimistic thoughts. In effect, positive self-talk bestows upon performers a state of heightened relaxation and unwavering focus.
Conversely, succumbing to negative thoughts serves to escalate anxiety levels. In stark contrast, the practice of positive self-talk kindles feelings of elation and enthusiasm, which, in turn, pave the path to successful performance. This study is unswervingly dedicated to unravelling the role of self-talk in the context of sports and its profound impact on performance enhancement.

Pages: 43-45  |  237 Views  71 Downloads


International Journal of Sports, Health and Physical Education
How to cite this article:
Dr. Chhaya Chaudhary. A comprehensive review of self-talk among athletes and its impact on competitive sports. Int. J. Sports Health Phys. Educ. 2023;5(2):43-45. DOI: 10.33545/26647559.2023.v5.i2a.80
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