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Female Soccer Players’ Psychological Profile: Differences between Professional and Amateur Players

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Department of Evolutionary Developmental and Educational Psychology, Campus Regional Excellence Mare Nostrum, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment, Campus Regional Excellence Mare Nostrum, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4357; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124357
Received: 26 May 2020 / Revised: 14 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
The psychological variables that affect competitive performance are called the psychological profile of athletes. In recent years, the interest in female soccer players and the psychological characteristics that affect their performance has increased. The aim of the present study is to analyze the psychological characteristics of female professional soccer players and female amateur soccer players, as well as to determine the differences in the psychological profile of both groups. The participants were 134 federated female soccer players, with an average age of 18.28 years (SD = 4.05). To assess the psychological profile, the questionnaire on Psychological Characteristics related to Sports Performance (CPRD) by Gimeno, Buceta, and Pérez-Llantada (2001) was used. The results showed that female professional players presented higher values for motivation, while the female amateur players presented higher values for stress control and the influence of performance evaluation. These results can have a great impact on coaches’ work, since they can help them to establish tasks and training methods consistent with the characteristics of their players. View Full-Text
Keywords: CPRD; psychological variables; psychological profile; female soccer; competitive performance CPRD; psychological variables; psychological profile; female soccer; competitive performance
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Ruiz-Esteban, C.; Olmedilla, A.; Méndez, I.; Tobal, J.J. Female Soccer Players’ Psychological Profile: Differences between Professional and Amateur Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4357.

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Ruiz-Esteban C, Olmedilla A, Méndez I, Tobal JJ. Female Soccer Players’ Psychological Profile: Differences between Professional and Amateur Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4357.

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Ruiz-Esteban, Cecilia; Olmedilla, Aurelio; Méndez, Inmaculada; Tobal, Juan J. 2020. "Female Soccer Players’ Psychological Profile: Differences between Professional and Amateur Players" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 12: 4357.

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