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Revista da Educação Física / UEM

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SOUZA, Mário Alberto Pereira de; TEIXEIRA, Robson Bonoto  and  LOBATO, Paulo Lanes. Expressions of anxiety in amateur pre-competitive swimmers . Rev. educ. fis. UEM [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.2, pp.195-203. ISSN 1983-3083.

In this paper, we investigate the manifestation of competitive anxiety in the context of swimming, aiming at the interference of the different factors such as gender, experience and category on this variable. Closed questionnaires were used, specifically the self-report SCAT and CSAI - 2, applied before the competition in the final stage of II COPA MG NATAÇÃO. The sample consisted of 51 athletes, with an average age of 17.82 years (± 2.85 years) being 33 males and 18 females. The results pointed that the female athletes, the young and those with less competitive experience present a higher cognitive and somatic state anxiety.  There is a difference between self-confidence in athletes with lower and higher competitive experience, women have higher rates of competitive trait anxiety as well as younger athletes. Despite statistically significant differences, the levels of state and trait anxiety are considered moderate and did not differ from other publications.

Keywords : Anxiety; Swimming; Behavior.

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