Psychological characteristics of developing excellence in mixed martial arts athletes

Roberto Ruiz Barquín, Carlos Gutiérrez García, Adrián Plura Maldonado

Abstract


The aim of this study was to describe the perception of sports talent and excellence development in a sample of MMA fighters, and compare the obtained results with those of previous studies. A total of 42 adult (male and female) MMA athletes of several levels (amateur, semi-professional and professional) participated in the study. A socio-demographic questionnaire and the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence Questionnaire – PCDEQ were used for collecting data. Statistical analyses included descriptive statistics and student’s t-test for means comparison. In general, MMA athletes obtained higher scores than those reported by samples of other sports in previous studies, and more specifically in factors I - Support for long-term success, II - Imagery use during practice and competition, and IV - Ability to organise and engage in quality practice. This can be explained due to the higher average age of our sample and the professional or semi-professional level already achieved by many of the MMA fighters. The study also revealed that MMA fighters may need specific psychological training related to factor III - Coping with performance and developmental pressures.


Keywords


Martial arts; combat sports; mixed martial arts; MMA; talent identification; talent development; sports excellence

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/rama.v14i2s.6005

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