Term of Award

Fall 2003

Degree Name

Master of Science

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Charles J. Hardy

Committee Member 1

Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Kevin Burke

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive utility of competitive trait anxiety, using a multidimensional measure (Sport Anxiety Scale, Smith, Smoll, & Schutz, 1990) with an added directional component (Jones & Swain, 1992), social support (Social Provisions Scale, Russell & Cutrona, 1984), daily hassles (Daily Hassles Scale, Kanner, Coyne, Schaefer, & Lazarus, 1981), and gender for athletic injury frequency and severity. Questionnaires were administered to 10 male and female high school basketball teams (N= 103) at the beginning of the 2000 - 2001 season, and injury data was collected from that point throughout the regular season. No significant results emerged in the predictive analyses, possibly because participants were not particularly stressed. Explanations for these results and considerations for improving the quality of this research within the high school population are discussed. v

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