Document Type : Research Paper
Department of Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Department of Motor Behavior and Sports Psychology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Sport Psychology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Objective: This study is an examination of the relationship between self-compassion, cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety, and self-confidence as competitive state anxiety among female athletes Students. Methodology: The research method was descriptive-correlational. Two hundred and fifty-three female student (140 taekwondo and 113 karate) were selected among athletes present at the 14th Student Cultural Sport Olympiad. Self-compassion Scale (SCS) and Revised Competitive State Anxiety–2 (CSAI-2R) were used in the study before competing in games to measure the aforementioned theoretical constructs. Results: The results showed a significant relationship between self-compassion and pre- competitive anxiety. Moreover, Components of this characteristic positively predicted self- confidence variance, but this prediction reversed with both somatic and cognitive anxiety. Conclusions: The results suggest that Self-compassion plays an important role in moderating pre- competitive anxiety of female martial arts. Therefore, improving this characteristic should be taken into consideration to promote self- confidence and reduce the pre- competitive anxiety in these athletes.