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The relationship between psychological stressors and over-adaptation among Japanese university athletes

[Speaker] Shimizu, Hayao:2
[Co-author] Nishita, Takashi:1, Kawata, Yujiro:1,2, Hirosawa, Masataka:1,2
1:Juntendo University (Japan), 2:Graduate school of Health and Science, Juntendo University (Japan)

The study purpose was to examine the relationship between psychological stressors and over-adaptation among Japanese university athletes. Participants were 168 (113 males, 55 females) Japanese university athletes who completed a questionnaire comprising demographic information (sex, age, main sports event, and competitive level), the Over-adaptation Scale, and the Daily and Competitive Stressor Scale. Results showed that the Over-adaptation Scale total score was positively correlated with the Daily and Competitive Stressor Scale total score (r = .22, p < .01) as well as some Daily and Competitive Stressor Scale subscales, such as human relationships (r = .23, p < .01), pressure from others (r = .19, p < .05), and internal and social change in each individual (r = .37, p < .01). These results suggest that athletes with some daily and competitive stressors tend to experience over-adaptation in their sporting life.
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