Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhanc Vol: 5 Issue: 3

No Pain No Gain: Feelings and Performance in Sport

Moen F*, Firing K and Vittersø J
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Centre for Elite Sports Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy and University of Tromso, Norway
Corresponding author : Frode Moen
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Centre for Elite Sports Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy and University of Tromso, Norway
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: April 21, 2016 Accepted: June 14, 2016 Published: June 20, 2016
Citation: Moen F, Firing K, Vittersø J (2016) No Pain No Gain: Feelings and Performance in Sport. J Athl Enhanc 5:3. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000229

Abstract

This study aimed to explore how the emotion of joy could play a central role during different sport activities among young elite athletes. The participants in this study were 211 junior athletes in sports who were undergoing their High School education at different schools specializing in elite sports. Our results showed that eudaimonic emotions were associated with episodes that are considered to be demanding for an athlete, such as core activities, whereas hedonic emotions were associated with easier situations such as routine activities. Moreover, eudaimonic emotions were for the most part associated with the ability to realize athletes' potential. Finally, playful activities reported the highest score on both hedonic and eudaimonic emotions.
 

Keywords: Sport; Personal growth; Well-being; Emotions; Performance

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