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College of Liberal Arts
Peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) testing is commonly performed to assess endurance training effectiveness in athletes, including soccer players. However, how variables such as playing position, training type (off-vs. in-season), and performance anxiety levels affect maximal exercise capacity have not been determined. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of positioning, training type, and pre-performance directional anxiety on VO2 max values in female soccer players. METHODS: Sixteen female collegiate soccer players completed two trials using a cycle ergometer. VO2peak was determined by the participant’s inability to continue pedaling and/or an established plateau in VO2 despite increasing workload. Prior to testing, a Competitive State Anxiety Inventory (CSAI-2) was completed to determine somatic anxiety, cognitive anxiety, and self-confidence. RESULTS: No significant differences were found between VO2peak and positioning, training type, and pre-performance directional anxiety (p=0.085, p=0.115, p=0. 244 respectively). However, a strong correlation was found between somatic and cognitive anxiety (r2= 0.736, p=0.079). CONCLUSION: VO2peak values were not affected by positioning type in female collegiate soccer players. High and low levels of anxiety did not predict maximal performance capabilities; however, somatic and cognitive anxiety positively interacted in determining performance. To better characterize performance anxiety in the future, research could examine cortisol levels prior to maximal performance.
Wirth, Mallory J., "The Impact of Pre-Performance Anxiety on VO2Peak Values in Female Collegiate Soccer Players" (2017). Departmental Honors Projects. 55.