Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Comparison of some psychological skills of male elite and non-elite karatekas dispatched to world competition in Italy (2010)

The purpose of the present study was to compare some psychological skills of elite and non-elite male karatekas, dispatched to Italy World Competition (2010). The statistical population of this study includes all the superior male karatekas participating in the elective competition of Iran’s shotokan karate national team in order to dispatch to Italy world competition. South Australian Sport Institute Self - assessment Test (SASI Psych) was used in order to compare subject’s psychological skills. The results of comparing the mean of psychological skill variables of two groups showed that there is a significant difference between two groups in concentration and imagery variables (P<0.001). Thus it seems, that in order to obtain the best result in competitions, it is better to use an experienced psychologist coach in athletic teams to prepare the athletes mentally and psychologically.