STALENESS IN ADOLESCENT RUNNERS NOT PREDICTED BY HARDINESS OR MOOD MEASURES
Wilson, G. S., Aydt, J., & Raglin, J. S. (2001). Hardiness, mood state, and history of staleness in age-group runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 33(5), Supplement abstract 962.
Adolescent distance runners (M = 31; F = 45) completed the Cognitive-Hardiness Scale, Profile of Mood States, and a questionnaire on training practices and staleness. Ss were categorized into low and high levels of hardiness. Ss were then re-categorized according to POMS criteria.
Staleness was reported by 26% of Ss. No difference in training mileage was exhibited between those who had experienced staleness and those who had not. Neither the hardiness grouping nor the POMS grouping predicted those who had reported staleness.
Implication. Measures of hardiness and mood states do not identify young athletes with a history of staleness.
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