The Relationship Between Facebook Use And Sports Anxiety

Is There A Relationship Between Facebook Use and Sports Anxiety In Competitive Athletes?

The use of social media has quickly become one of the most common forms of communication in the sports world.

But is there a possibly negative relationship between the use of a platform such as Facebook and an athlete's performance prior to competition?

That's what this study aimed to find out!

In this episode I interview Kim Encel regarding his latest published research regarding social media as we discussed:
  • What does the phrase 'Coach Your Best' mean to you?
  • What prompted you to do this research study and what was the purpose?
  • Has anyone else done similar research?
  • Did you look at any other social media other than Facebook? Would that matter?
  • In this study, how did you define 'sports anxiety'?
  • Is sports anxiety tied to predicting a future outcome?
  • sports anxiety vs social anxiety
  • Walk us through the methods of your study and the conclusions?
  • What role might FB play in self-identity and the relationship to sports anxiety?
  • What are some practical applications that coaches can take away?
  • Do the results apply to only certain age groups of athletes?
  • Would these same findings apply to other social media outlets such as twitter, snapchat, or instagram?
  • Did you look at the relationship between self-identity, facebook, and sports anxiety?
Kim Encel is a PhD candidate based at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His PhD project involves him working with the Australian Football League to develop a sustainable National Women's League competition which will commence in 2017. When Kim is not researching he loves to teach university classes, watch or participate in any kind of sport and travel.


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