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Physical Education, Health and Recreation
"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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Conway, Brittney H., "Investigating the relationship between personality traits and athletic performance among elite hockey players" (2016). EWU Masters Thesis Collection. 347.