Perfectionism In Athletic Performance

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In a study conducted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Kent Keynes College, their research argues that pushing for perfection is not “maladaptive” and is not related to the competitive anxiety that athletes experience. Perfectionism is a simple personality trait that is found in several athletes. Perfectionism can be best described by an athlete who strives for flawlessness and excellence and tends to set high standards for performance. Some researchers view perfectionism as a trait that is adaptive that assists the athletes to achieve their goals. However, on the other hand, other researchers argue that perfectionism is a maladaptive trait that can negatively affect the athlete instead of benefiting their performance. In continuation, the perfectionism in athletes has been related to their characteristics/ personalities that can challenge their athletic performance, which is sometimes due to anxiety. Sometimes perfectionism in athletic performance can prevent athletes to execute to their fullest ability because they are concerned with making sure their performance is to the tee. Researches state that perfectionism can be a facet of both good and bad with difference dimensions. Good in the sense that it is positive, motivating and adaptable, on the other hand it can be bad in the sense of negative, destructive and maladaptive practices. Athletes that are deeply competitive the sport they play is more than just a game/ match. The meaning of their games/
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