Wednesday, 14 December 2011


and Sports Performance
Michigan State University
athletes 'success; in contrast, lack ofSC seems to be closely associated with athletic failure. Thus, confidence is an importantfactor
that distinguishes successful athletes from unsuccessful ones in terms of both their mental states as well as their performances.
However, the precise nature of
The term self-confidence refers to one's belief that he or she can successfully execute a desired behavior
of "T II get the job done"). Feltz argued that the exact relationships of
clarified in a satisfactory manner. To promote our understanding of the precise nature of these relationships, she first presented
several definitions of
self-esteem, and performance expectancies. Feltz presented three of the major theoretical approaches available at that time for
studying these relationships: Bandura
confidence. She not only described the theoretical approaches but also provided extensive research evidence in sport and reviewed
some relevant criticisms. Feltz summarized and compared these three approaches and derived some important conclusions referring
to the (at that time) updated scientific status of the relationships between
This seminal chapter did not, of course, completely resolve the riddle of
the theoretical knowledge relevant to
this area, which is theoretically intriguing and has a substantial practical importance for those actively involved in sport.
(SC) is one of the most cited factors thought to affect athletic performance. SC is said to playa critical role inSC was quite unclear until the publication of Feltz's seminal chapter on this issue.(i.e., his or her beliefSC and performance in sport have not been scientificallySC and briefly discussed them with reference to some related terms, such as perceived ability, self-concept,'s self-efficacy theory, Harter's perceived competence model, and Vealey 's concept of sportSC and sport performance.SC in sport. However, Feltz organized and presentedSC in sport at that time and undoubtedly had a profound influence on many researchers in

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