Competitive anxiety among University Student-Athlete of Uitm Sarawak
Keywords:Anxiety, Student-athletes, Demographic variables
This study investigates the competitive anxiety between genders and types of sports among university student-athletes of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 155 student-athletes (85 males and 70 females) using Sport Anxiety Scale-2 (SAS-2) to evaluate sports anxiety. A stratified random sampling technique was utilised in participants selection. The analysis result by independent-sample t-test shows that there was a significant difference between male and female university student-athletes. ANOVA test was conducted to the university student-athletes to compare competitive anxiety between age groups and it was reported that there was no significant difference for somatic anxiety and worry but the result shows a significant for concentration disruption. Most of the participants scored highly in a moderate level of competitive anxiety because an anxious person is more vulnerable to poor productivity as they focus more often on potential environmental threats due to the negative effects of the shift and inhibition of the attention system. This indicates anxiety is appraised differently by athletes based on their gender and age groups.
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