It's Good But it's Not Right: Instructional Self-Talk and Skilled Performance

Hardy, J. and Begley, K. and Blanchfield, A.W. (2014) It's Good But it's Not Right: Instructional Self-Talk and Skilled Performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2014.959624

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This research examined the relative effectiveness of instructional versus motivational self-talk for skilled athletes. Forty Gaelic footballers completed a shooting accuracy task with their dominant and non-dominant feet. Results indicated significantly more accurate performance when executing the task using the dominant foot and motivational as compared to instructional self-talk. No difference emerged between the two types of self-talk within the non-dominant foot condition. Results challenge the widely held view that instructional self-talk is most effective for accuracy based tasks and should prompt practitioners to consider the skill level of their clients when constructing self-talk interventions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 03:29
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 03:41
ISSN: 1041-3200
Publisher's Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 04/09/2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2014.959624
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3403
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2014.959624
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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