Influence of Mental Training on Aggression and Sports Competition Anxiety among Volleyball Players

Authors

Subathra P & Arumugam S (Assistant Professor)
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India, 627012

Elango M (Associate Professor), The M.D.T. Hindu College, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India, 627010

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to find out the influence of mental training on aggression and sports competition anxiety among volleyball players. To achieve the purpose of this study, twenty (n=20) female intercollegiate volleyball players were randomly selected from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu, India. The age of subject’s was ranged from 18 to 22 years old. The selected participants were randomly divided into two groups such as Group ‘I’ underwent mental training (n=10) and Group ‘II’ acted as control group (n-10). Group ‘I’ underwent mental training for five days and one session per day and each session lasted between 45-60 minutes for six week period. Group ‘II’ was not exposed to any specific training but they were participated in regular activities. The data on aggression and sports competition anxiety were collected and administered by standardized questionnaire such as Agnihortry Rekha questionnaire and SCAT questionnaire respectively. The pre and post-tests data were collected on selected criterion variables prior to and immediately after the training programme. The pre and post-test scores were statistically examined by the dependent-‘t’ test and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) for each and every selected dependent variable separately. It was concluded that the mental training group had shown significantly better result in aggression and sports competition anxiety. However the control group had not shown any significant improvement on any of the selected variables such as aggression and sports competition anxiety.