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Longitudinal relations of mental health and motivation among elite student-athletes across a condensed season: plausible influence of academic and athletic schedule

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dc.contributor.author Sheehan, Rachel B.
dc.contributor.author Herring, Matthew P.
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-22T10:36:41Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6863
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: This study characterised mental health, motivation, and their interrelations among 38 elite studentathletes over a 13-week season, while monitoring and considering the influence of their athletic and academic schedules. Design: Longitudinal. Method: Electronically-administered questionnaires measured total mood disturbance and depressive symptoms (weekly), sleep quality and trait anxiety (monthly), and motivation, basic needs satisfaction and motivational climate (weeks one and 13). Results: Thirty-seven percent of athletes reported scores indicative of mild-to-moderate depression, 32% were poor sleepers, and 8% were high trait anxious. These outcomes significantly improved over time, whereas the motivation-related variables remained stable. The athletes were predominantly intrinsically motivated, and reported high satisfaction of basic psychological needs. Task climate exceeded its ego counterpart. There were no significant sex-related differences for any mental health outcome at week one; however, autonomy and relatedness were significantly higher among females. Conclusions: Collectively, these findings suggest that psychological monitoring of student-athletes, particularly over intense athletic and academic periods, is a powerful tool for identifying potential mental health and/or motivation-related issues that may influence performance and well-being. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Psychology of Sport and Exercise; 37, pp. 146-152
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.03.005
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.03.005 en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject elite student athletes en_US
dc.subject sport en_US
dc.subject psychology en_US
dc.title Longitudinal relations of mental health and motivation among elite student-athletes across a condensed season: plausible influence of academic and athletic schedule en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.03.005
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2020-03-16
dc.embargo.terms 2020-03-16 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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