The Effects of Anticipatory Stress on Pain Responses in Male and Female Athletes

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The Effects of Anticipatory Stress on Pain Responses in Male and Female Athletes

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dc.contributor.advisor Sternberg, Wendy
dc.contributor.author Nagle, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-31T17:29:38Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-31T17:29:38Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1091
dc.description.abstract Athletic competition elicits a stress response that is both physical and psychological in nature. Additionally, following athletic competition, an increase in pain threshold (analgesia) has been observed. However, the mechanisms that produce analgesia due to athletic competition have not been systematically investigated. The present study sought to determine if the psychological stress in anticipation of an athletic competition is alone able to induce an analgesic state by evaluating sympathetic nervous system measures (heart rate, blood pressure), cortisol levels, self-rated anxiety scores, and pain thresholds in male and females soccer players and in female basketball players prior to a game and a practice, and on a non-competitive day. The results suggest that there is an increase in pain threshold (analgesia) in anticipation of both an athletic contest and a team practice session and that this increase may be associated with increases in cortisol levels, sympathetic nervous system measures, and self-rated measures of anxiety. Future research on coaching styles, winning expectancies, and the social context surrounding the competition would help clarify the present findings. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Pain -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Analgesia -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) -- Physiological aspects
dc.title The Effects of Anticipatory Stress on Pain Responses in Male and Female Athletes en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en


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