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What Makes a High-risk Athlete? A Quantitative study of the Individual Differences of High-risk and Low-risk Athletes

O'Kelly, Oran (2015) What Makes a High-risk Athlete? A Quantitative study of the Individual Differences of High-risk and Low-risk Athletes. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Investigated were the individual differences of a diverse sample of 216 athletes. The main aim of the study was to assess the level of differences between the two groups of risk level athletes comparing results scored on several dimensions. Sample consisted of 110 high-risk athletes and 106 low-risk athletes, measured using the scales of IPIP Personality, Sports Mental Toughness, Life Orientation, Achievement Motives, Coping Inventory, Impulsivity, Risk-taking and Sensation Seeking. It was found that high-risk athletes scored higher in levels of age, neuroticism, confidence, risk-taking and sensation seeking. Where low-risk athletes scored higher in levels of control, distraction-oriented and disengagement-orientated. This supports and contradicts previous literature. Limitations of the present study and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 11:21
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 11:24
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1974

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