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Relationship Between Goal Orientation and Anxiety of NCAA Division III…

by James Yoo

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the differences in goal orientation and anxiety levels of college lacrosse players representing three varsity programs at NCAA Division III colleges and universities across the country. This study divided the participants into two groups (athletes new to a team and athletes returning to a team) to examine the differences related to goal orientation and anxiety in the preseason.

Participants in the study were Division Ill lacrosse players from three colleges/universities across the country. A coach from each institution administered the Task and Ego Orientation in Sport Questionnaire (Duda & Nicholls, 1992) and the Sport Anxiety Scale (Smith, Smoll, & Schutz, 1990) to their players. The present study used independent-samples t-test to assess the differences in goal-orientation and anxiety among collegiate lacrosse players (n = 113). The findings indicated that athletes new to a team were higher in task orientation than were athletes returning to a team at the start of the preseason. These results were completely opposite of the expected outcome that athletes new to a team would report higher ego orientation because they were trying out for a new team. The study also found that over time, athletes new to a team reported the same levels of task orientation and anxiety as athletes returning to a team. These results suggest that time can play a role in how athletes' level of reported goal orientation and anxiety levels can change over time. To the best of the investigator's knowledge, this study was the first to investigate this relationship in the preseason. It was also the first to examine how time affects the relationship between goal-orientation and anxiety. More research in the preseason is needed in order to obtain a thorough understanding of the effect of anxiety on goal orientation.
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