Book Chapter: Self-regulation and Emotion Regulation in Endurance Performance 

Summary: What are the emotions and related feelings athletes experience when they perform at their best? And when they perform poorly? Are these feelings functional or dysfunctional for their performance? How can athletes regulate their feelings to reach and maintain optimal performance? What are the reciprocal effects of individual feelings and those of others (e.g. peers, coaches, parents, spectators)? Do performance-related feelings have an impact on individual health and well-being? These are some of the questions that are important for athletes, coaches, and practitioners and have attracted the attention of researchers involved in the study of the interactive effects of feelings with individual performance and health. This Chapter focuses on the mechanisms underlying self-regulation in whole-body endurance performance. Empirical evidence supports a theoretical framework that includes sensory, cognitive, and affective components of fatigability, and extends the dichotomous affect–cognition interplay. An example illustrates the application of a model of emotion regulation to optimise endurance performance.

Brick, N Vernhorst, A., Robinson, D.T, & MacIntyre. T.E (2021). Self-regulation and Emotion Regulation in Endurance Performance (pp.155-167). In Feelings in Sport: Theory, Research, and Practical Implications for Performance and Well-being. M. C. Ruiz & C. Robazza (Eds.). Routledge: New York. ISBN: 978-0-367-25381-3

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