Competition field perceptions of table-tennis athletes and their performance

The distinction between positive and negative perceptions is fundamental in perception models. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between field perceptions of table tennis players and the outcome (net result) during the matches in a competition. Experimental data were collected from 10 elite table tennis players and analysed. The results addressed the following three competition field perceptions: (1) before the service, the player’s positive perceptions had significant effect on the positive outcome (winning rate) of that service; (2) the perception after the net result of the previous service increased the positive outcome of the next service, and (3) the player’s positive/negative perception during the matches affected the win/loss outcome of that competition. In conclusion, the player’s positive perceptions enhanced their winning rate during table tennis competitions. Therefore, during the training program, coaches need to develop positive perceptions and strengthen the psychological quality of table tennis players.
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Subjects: table tennis perception cognition technique psychic process psychoregulation decision behavior performance capacity
Notations: sport games
DOI: 10.1515/hukin-2017-0123
Published in: Journal of Human Kinetics
Published: 2018
Volume: 61
Issue: 1
Pages: 241-247
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced