Title

Investigating the relationship between personality traits and athletic performance among elite hockey players

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Physical Education, Health and Recreation

Abstract

"An interesting trend in the personality literature has been the assessment of the relationship between personality traits and athletic performances. In non-sport settings, the conscientiousness trait has been found to be strongly related to a number of good outcomes including job and training proficiency, academic performances, and physical activity (Barrick & Mout, 1991; Poropat, 2009; Rhodes & Smith, 2006). In the athletic setting, similar findings have been found with soccer players (Piedmont, Hill, & Blanco, 1999), football players (Tran, 2012) and Division 1 collegiate athletes (Saale-Prasad, 2014). However, in professional hockey these findings have generally not been replicated (Karp, 2000; Cameron, Cameron, Dithurbide & Lalonde, 2006; Man & Wohl, 1985). Thus, the purpose of this study was to further investigate the relationship between personality and a variety of indicators of hockey performances. The sample was comprised of 27 male hockey players from a major junior team in the Pacific Northwest. Participant ages ranged from 15 years old to 20 years old (mean age=18 years old). Personality was assessed using the Big Five Inventory (BFI; John & Srivastava, 1999). The BFI is a validated and reliable instrument that categorizes personality into five dimensions --extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience (John & Srivastava, 1999). Findings suggest a subtle link between personality and hockey performance. Directions for future research is discussed"--Leaf iv.

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