Self Esteem in Athletes
It is important to understand that expectation of efficacy will by no means produce a desired performance, providing that the component cabilities are lacking.
In addition, if an athlete is a perfectionist, it can further affect their self-esteem because they have such high expectations and are always so critical and hard on themselves. If athletes fall into this trap, their emotions, and how they feel about themselves, are heavily influenced by the perceptions of their performance, which can naturally vary from day to day. Your self esteem may fluctuate based on performance or practices. Although previous research has investigated the psychological effects of competitive sport, few studies have examined competitive figure skaters and their self esteem. The research area studied was sport psychology, and the topics were athletes, non-athletes and self esteem. A subtopic measured was athletic identity. The global hypothesis was that competitive sport would have a negative impact on the individuals and that there would be a significant different in self esteem scores between the athletes and non-athletes. More specifically it was hypothesized that the athletes would present trends as to why their self-esteem was lower than the non-athletes.
Encouragement, therefore, is the strongest incentive for children to make better in sports and in future life. The role of a coach lies in promoting children’s awareness of their advantage and uniqueness. The creative thinking and persuasion, therefore, are among the most important conditions for shaping a strong personality and identifying the winning solutions. The rights efforts made by coach can become a priority in character education. What is more important is that sports concepts should be reconsidered to make both children and parents gain practical value. Hence, a multidimensional approach should be selected for managing a sporting environment and taking an advantage of it. Indeed, character education should become a foundational principle in sports. According to the report presented by Character Education Partnership, “when educators bemoan the fact “there is no more room on my plate” for character education, the common retort is that “character education is the plate”” (Berkowitz and Bier 4).
Sports are important in the society because they improve the overall quality life, foster social inclusion and help to eradicate anti-social behaviors in young people. In addition, they improve the health status of individuals thus promoting their well-being.
Berkowitz, Marvin, and Melinda Bier. Education: A Report for Policy Makers and Opinion Leaders. Character Education Partnership. PDF File. 2006. Web.
Positive Coaching Alliance. Tools for Athletes. 2013. Web.