What is it about?

The present study examined the motivational profiles in table tennis players and their composition by gender, country, training status, and competition levels (from recreational to international). In addition, it investigated the differences in performance anxiety and subjective vitality across the three motivational profiles found with distinct quantity and quality.

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Participants came from 35 countries, which provided an international perspective. Results indicated differences in performance anxiety and subjective vitality across the motivational profiles, in which the controlled profile had the greatest anxiety symptoms. These differences are attributed to the quality over quantity of motivation, which have meaningful implications for table tennis coaches and sport psychology consultants to diagnose and intervene with players in order to reduce their performance anxiety and improve their well-being.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as I am a sport psychology consultant, table tennis athlete, coach, and coach educator. It has many practical implications that me and others can consider. Moreover, I was able to have a fruitful international collaboration with another renowned table tennis athlete and researcher, Dr. Tsung-Min Hung.

Dr Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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This page is a summary of: Motivational profiles in table tennis players: Relations with performance anxiety and subjective vitality, Journal of Sports Sciences, June 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1488517.
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