17 Nov Beat the heat: effects of a motivational self-talk intervention on endurance performance
Hatzigeorgiadis A, Bartura K, Argiropoulos C, Comoutos N, Galanis E & Flouris AD (2018). Beat the Heat: Effects of a Motivational Self-Talk Intervention on Endurance Performance, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30:4, 388-401,
The study examined the effects of a motivational self-talk intervention on endurance cycling performance in hot conditions. Participants were 16 physically active adult men. After a baseline VO2 peak assessment and two training sessions, participants completed a 30 min cycling trial in a hot environment (35°C, 45% relative humidity) while maintaining a steady rate of perceived exertion. Participants of the intervention group produced greater power output during the final third of the trial. Findings suggest that the self-talk strategy seems to have compromised the aversive effects of the demanding environmental conditions and provide support for the psychobiological model of endurance performance.
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