Relationship between levels of competitive anxiety and age of volleyball athletes and analyze of these levels pre and post-competition
AbstractThe aim of present study was to analyze the levels of competitive anxiety pre and post competitive on volleyball female players and, verify the association between these levels with the age of these athletes. During a competition, 12 female athletes of volleyball with mean of age of 21,5 ± 2,9 (15-24) years answered the Sport Competition Anxiety Test (SCAT) after and immediately before the start of the game. The data were analyzed by non parametric statistics. To verify significant differences on pre and post competition moments were realized a Wilcoxon test. To analyze the association between age and levels of anxiety it was realized the Spearman´s correlation and a stepwise multiple regression. The results showed that on post competition moment there was a significant decrease (p=0,01) of competitive anxiety and there is significant correlation (p=0,001; r=0,76) with higher ages and lower levels of competitive anxiety. It suggests that the factor age can predict the levels of anxiety. The multiple regression revealed that the age can be a significant factor on analyze of competitive anxiety of female volleyball players (p=0,003; R2=0,82). These results suggest that: a) Levels of competitive anxiety presented a significant decrease after the end of the game when compared with the begging of the same game; b) Younger athletes presented higher levels of competitive anxiety.